- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

DUNEDIN, FLA. (AP) - Brett Cecil was tougher on himself than Toronto manager Cito Gaston thought he should be.

Cecil, in the hunt for a spot in the starting rotation, walked four Tampa Bay batters and failed to get through the fourth inning Friday, but the Blue Jays still beat the Rays 3-1.

Rays left-hander Carlos Hernandez, a longshot to make the big league club, gave up three runs before getting the first out in the bottom of the third inning.

The only hit Cecil allowed, Shawn Riggans’ single to left, came on his 74th and last pitch. Jeremy Accardo gave up the Rays’ run in the fifth on Adam Kennedys single and stolen base and Justin Ruggiano’s single to center.

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