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Toronto Blue Jays: Frank Thomas made his first appearance for the Blue Jays, going 1-for-3 with an RBI Thursday in a "B" game against the Phillies.
"I prefer to start late like this because you know what you're doing out there," said Thomas, who signed an $18.12 million, two-year contract this offseason. "You've had enough BP, enough cage work to know what you're doing out there."
Thomas is scheduled to be a designated hitter in Friday's "A" game against the Astros.
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SPRING TRAINING NEWS
Follow the day's news from spring training in the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues as we begin the countdown toward Opening Day on Sunday (Mets at world champion Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2):
• Colon, Weaver, Figgins on DL
• Pirates send Sanchez to the DL
• Rogers has clot removed, will miss first half
• Sabathia throws, says he's ready for opener
• Pavano to start Opening Day for Yankeees
• A's put Dan Johnson on DL with hip injury
• Walker signs minor league deal with A's
• Grapefruit: Towers wins spot in Jays' rotation
• Cactus: Big Unit to start season on DL