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Jo-NO! Blue Jays’ Reyes still after elusive win
NEW YORK (AP) - Jo-Jo Reyes trudged off the mound, his day done after just three innings.
The first batter he faced hit a rocket to the outfield wall. So did the next one. Reyes walked a couple of batters, gave up a couple of two-run homers, and found himself in the dugout at Yankee Stadium trailing 5-0 on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon.
The Toronto Blue Jays would eventually drop the game 7-3 and _ JO-NO, not again! _ another L in the box score for one of the major league’s most unfortunate pitchers.
Reyes has gone 28 consecutive starts without a victory. One more game without some run support, one more start in which the bullpen blows a save, and the affable 26-year-old pitcher from West Covina, Calif., will have a dubious record all to himself.
“I’m not worried about that streak. When I step on the rubber, all I’m worried about is executing the pitch,” Reyes said after his 13th straight loss, standing in front of his locker in the visiting clubhouse. “We have fun with it, but it doesn’t get to me.”
It probably should.
At least a little.
The former second-round draft pick was traded to the Blue Jays last summer, and he nailed down one of their starting jobs in spring training.
But despite adding a cutter that hasn’t been cutting and working on a changeup that, well, doesn’t change a whole lot, Reyes is still trying to crack the goose egg in the win column through his first 10 starts.
“I just worry about preparing for the next start. I haven’t looked at any video on the Indians, so I don’t know about them,” Reyes said, pondering next week’s home matchup against Cleveland. “I’ll just prepare the same way I’ve been preparing all season.”
Last Friday night against Houston, Reyes allowed five hits and a walk over seven shutout innings. He struck out seven and left with a 2-0 lead. Then Hunter Pence tied the game with a two-out, two-run double off Jon Rauch in the eighth inning, wiping out the chance for victory.
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