Another day, another win. Tonight it was Dana Eveland coming up big, tossing seven-plus innings of shutout ball in his Toronto debut in a 3-0 win over the Orioles. Not all that bad for a guy coming in with a 5.54 career ERA in parts of five big league seasons. Nope, not too bad at all.
Eveland, who gave up just five hits, wasn’t the only unexpected bright spot — Jose Molina doubled, drew a bases-loaded hit-by-a-pitch and drove home Toronto’s second run with a two-out RBI single in the sixth in his second start as a Jay, proving in the process that not all Molinas are complete washouts in this city. Well, at least he isn’t yet.
Along with Molina, Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion and Alex Gonzalez all had two hits for Toronto, with Lind’s ninth-inning double providing some extra insurance for Jason Frasor, who picked up his third save since his Opening Day B.J. Ryan impression.
The Jays’ fourth straight win has them looking pretty, pretty, pretty good at 4-1 — a half-game up on the Rays and Yankees with the dirty Red Sox and O’s lingering in fourth and fifth. Gonna stay that way? You betcha. Not only that — I’ve got Toronto finishing 161-1 and can’t be convinced otherwise. They’ll go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon with super ace Shaun Marcum on the hill against a washed-up Kevin Millwood.