Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/12/13
8 a.m. ET: It’s no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays (7-8) are coming into the 2013 season with a completely new look as the beneficiaries of Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s offseason firesale. MLB’s only Canadian team already had a core that included Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista, so Toronto figures to play a role in determining the outcome of the ultra-competitive AL East. On Tuesday the team sends Justin Germano (0-0, 7.71) to the hill. The 30-year-old right-hander has been up and down in the big leagues going all the way back to 2004, and actually spent last season as rotation depth for the Red Sox with Pawtucket for much of the year, but did in fact appear in one game for the Sox, working 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Yankees during a July game. The Red Sox (8-8) will counter with Clay Buchholz (1-0, 0.00), who’s being counted on to largely anchor the rotation in 2013 along with Jon Lester. This will mark the right-hander’s fourth start of the spring, and in his last outing he threw three innings and 38 pitches. So, look for something like four innings and 50 pitches this time out, and make note of the 28-year-old’s brisk pace on the mound — which was much commented upon during his last start. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET, but we’ll have the starting lineups and, as Vin Scully would say, “all the stats and stories” leading up to the game. And, if you’re so inclined, you can follow this live blogger on Twitter at @ZachStoloff for additional baseball analysis and nonsensical anti-jokes.
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