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Toronto Blue Jays spring preview

Key additions: RHP Kevin Gregg, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Joey Gathright, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kyle Drabek, C Travis D'Arnaud,1B Brett Wallace, C John Buck, RHP Brandon Morrow

Key losses: RHP Roy Halladay, C Rod Barajas, SS Marco Scutaro, INF Kevin Millar

Spring storylines

Rotation station: For the first time in years, manager Cito Gaston must figure out, "Who's my No. 1?" With ace Halladay traded to the Phillies, there will be a battle for the top spot (likely Ricky Romero or Shaun Marcum), with heavy competition for the final three.

Close out: Who will close games for the Jays? Will it be recently acquired Kevin Gregg, who has the most experience (84 saves) but is coming off a couple of rough seasons? Or will they go with LHP Scott Downs or RHP Jason Frasor?

Comeback trail: RHP Dustin McGowan is facing live hitters this spring for the first time since July 2008 and is coming back from shoulder and knee surgeries. If McGowan can prove he's ready, he could provide a jolt to the young Jays rotation, even if it's after opening day.

Stadium: Knology Park, Dunedin

Tickets: Single game — baseline regular $15, premium $20; reserved regular $17, premium $24; box regular $20, premium $27

More information: (888) 525-5297 (JAYS); (727)733-0429; bluejays.com

MARCH

3: Tigers

4: at Tigers

5: Phillies

6: at Yankees

7: Tigers

8: at Astros

10: Phillies

11: at Rays

12: Astors

13: at Braves

14: Braves

15: at Tigers

17: at Orioles

18: Orioles

19: at Astros

20: Braves

21: Red Sox

22: Tigers

24: at Rays

25: at Tigers

26: Rays (ss)

26: at Red Sox (ss)

27: at Pirates

28: Orioles

29: Tigers

30: at Yankees, 7:05

31: at Phillies

APRIL

1: Yankees

2: Astros at Minute Maid Park, 7:05

3: Astros at Minute Maid Park

Toronto Blue Jays spring preview 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:24pm]

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