DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Roy Halladay had a so-so outing in his next-to-last spring training start, allowing three runs over six innings Thursday in the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, used his cutter in a game for the first time this year. He gave up seven hits, struck out two and walked none.
"I threw two or three good ones, and I hope at the start of the year I can throw 20-30 a game," Halladay said. "I wasn't as sharp and my location wasn't as good at times. I had to make adjustments. It's good to work on these things here."
"He threw the ball very well," manager Jim Tracy said. "What I liked the best about it is he threw a lot of strikes. He has a real good pace about him. He keeps the defense on its toes, and he keeps the game moving."
Toronto sent RHP Matt Roney outright to Triple-A Syracuse of the International League. .. Blue Jays RHP Brandon League (strained lateral muscle) pitched two innings in a Triple-A game for Syracuse against Durham. ... RHP John Thomson (sore right shoulder) threw on flat ground, a day after an MRI exam. "It came out clean," pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. ... RHP A.J. Burnett is to pitch for Triple-A Syracuse against Ottawa in Clearwater on Friday.