Toronto Blue Jays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 2-1
TORONTO -- He was only 16 back then, a fresh-faced kid with a thick mop of red hair and dreams of pitching in the big leagues.
As a batboy for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Jesse Litsch shared a clubhouse with current Orioles Aubrey Huff and Chris Gomez.
He spoke to Gomez often about how badly he wanted to get drafted and pitch in the major leagues. Gomez wished him well and mostly lost track of his progress until Monday, when the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher yelled at him fro...
A stirring debut
Jesse Litsch, a 22-year-old former batboy for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, dominated the Orioles for 8 2/3 innings, the longest outing of any starting pitcher making his major league debut for the Blue Jays. In his first start above Double-A, Litsch held the Orioles to four hits and a first-inning run before he was taken out of the game after walking Miguel Tejada with two outs in the ninth. He got 20 of his 26 outs on ground balls.
TORONTO -- Several Orioles said yesterday that the near fistfight between Melvin Mora and Jay Payton after Monday's loss was an isolated incident and not an indication that the clubhouse is dividing.
"It's a heat-of-the-moment kind of thing," designated hitter Jay Gibbons said. "Stuff happens. It was forgotten about in like five minutes. [The clubhouse] is the same as it was a month ago. We had a group of eight for lunch today. That's how it is. Everybody likes each oth...