Final in 10

Blue Jays 5

(12-14, 6-7 away)

Reds 1

(16-16, 9-8 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 31, 2004

    Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Florida 

    R H E
    TOR - -
    CIN - -

    Toronto 5, Cincinnati 1

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Jimmy Haynes reassured the Cincinnati Reds that he's ready for the rotation, pitching five shutout innings Wednesday before the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 5-1 victory.

    For the second day in a row, the Reds played without Ken Griffey Jr., who strained his right calf while running out a grounder on Monday night.

    Griffey got more treatment and showed major improvement, Dr. Timothy Kremchek said. Griffey might resume running on Thursday and is expected to be fully recovered by opening day.

    "He's a lot better," Kremchek said. "He has virtually no soreness and full motion. We're very optimistic."

    Haynes, who started the Reds' season opener last year, provided evidence that he has fully recovered from a bulging disc in his back that bothered him all last year.

    Haynes had some weakness in the back when he showed up for spring training, setting him back. Newcomer Cory Lidle has been given the opening day start.

    In five innings, Haynes allowed only five hits and didn't walk a batter. He induced three double plays from a mix-and-match lineup.

    "I had everything working for me, really," Haynes said. "I feel great. My arm feels good, my back feels good. I'm just trying to keep it that way."

    Manager Dave Miley hasn't figured out where Haynes figures in the rotation, waiting to see how he did before making up his mind. Miley plans to set the rotation on Friday.

    "He's been fine," Miley said. "Every (pitch) limit that's been thrown at him, he's gotten to without a problem."

    The Blue Jays sent 10 batters to the plate for five runs in the seventh inning off left-hander Jesus Sanchez, trying to win a spot in the bullpen. Jeff Guiel started the rally with a solo homer.

    Right-hander Chris Baker pitched five innings, giving up three hits, as a fill-in for Roy Halladay. The AL Cy Young winner pitched eight shutout innings against Yankees Triple-A players in Tampa, staying on schedule to start Toronto's season opener.

    Game notes


    Lidle pitched four innings against Minnesota's Triple-A players, giving up three runs and three hits. ... Reds 3B Brandon Larson, on the DL with turf toe, went 2-for-4 in the same minor league game with a double and a homer. ... RHP Todd Jones threw in the bullpen without any problems. Jones, trying to win a spot in the Reds' bullpen, was hit on the right arm by a line drive Monday night. Jones expects to pitch in a game on Thursday. ... Toronto placed RHP Bob File (right shoulder) on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 26 and claimed RHP Sean Douglass off waivers from Minnesota. He will be in camp on Thursday.

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