Buchanan improves chances

2014-03-24T15:11:33Z 2014-03-24T22:53:04Z Buchanan improves chancesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 24, 2014 3:11 pm  • 

DUNEDIN, Fla. — David Buchanan kept up his bid for a major league roster spot, striking two over two perfect innings Monday in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-3, rain-shortened win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The game was called with one out in the top of the eighth.

Buchanan pitched for Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley last year and remains in the mix for a bullpen berth. He is to pitch Saturday in Philadelphia’s spring-training finale.

“Having the opportunity to throw at home in Philly with the team is just the dream come true,” Buchanan said. “I’m going to try to have fun. That’s what the game is about.”

Buchanan has given up three runs and struck out 11 in 12 innings this spring.

“I just like his consistency, and his ability to pitch down in the strike zone,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Throws four pitches for strikes. He’s shown a lot of maturity and stuff.”

Philadelphia loaded the bases in the second against Brandon Morrow, scoring on RBI grounders by Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp, then made it 4-0 in the fourth on Tony Gwynn Jr.’s sacrifice fly and Ben Revere’s run-scoring single.

Morrow gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. The right-hander is scheduled to pitch in the second of two exhibition games Saturday in Montreal against the New York Mets.

Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, slowed by right shoulder soreness, allowed two hits during a scoreless seventh in his first big league exhibition game this year. He pitched in the minors Friday.

The plan is for Janssen to pitch on consecutive days Thursday and Friday.

Matt Tuiasosopo made his first appearance with the Blue Jays, sandwiching a single between two strikeouts. He was claimed last week on waivers from Arizona, while the Diamondbacks were in Australia to play the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The outfielder flew from Sydney to Tampa, with a stop in Dallas, a 15-hour flight. He arrived in Florida on Saturday night.

“Took a little bit to get adjusted yesterday,” Tuiasosopo said.

Toronto’s Ryan Goins was announced as the starting second baseman for the season. Goins will move to shortstop to fill in if Jose Reyes is sidelined.

Gibbons said infielder Munenori Kawasaki will not make the opening-day roster and is set to start the season with Triple-A Buffalo.

“We like what he does,” the Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons said. “Hopefully, if the need arises during the season, he’ll come up and join us.”

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