Rasmus homers in intrasquad matchup

Rasmus homers in intrasquad matchup

Rasmus homers in intrasquad matchup
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Colby Rasmus hit a solo home run while Travis Snider hit an RBI double off the wall in right-center field during the Blue Jays' intrasquad game on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

The game was a matchup of Team Blue vs. Team Gray and while it was the Blue squad that featured what appeared to be a projected starting lineup for Opening Day, it came out on the losing end, 2-1.

"Today, just a good day to get some guys out to the mound for the first time," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I thought overall we threw the ball over the plate pretty consistently and I think more than anything, starting to see some game situations."

Team Gray got things started in the first inning off left-hander Ricky Romero by recording back-to-back singles by Rajai Davis and Omar Vizquel. Davis would eventually come around to score on an errant pickoff attempt by Romero that ended up in center field.

The lead was increased to 2-0 in the top of the third inning when Snider crushed an offering from right-hander Rick VandenHurk off the wall. The ball missed being a home run by just a couple of feet and likely would have left the yard if not for the wind which was blowing in toward home plate.

Snider's double easily scored Davis, who finished the day 2-for-2 with two singles before eventually giving way to top prospect Anthony Gose in center field.

"It was nice to get out and compete without a batting cage around you, just get out there and play the game," said Snider, who is competing against Eric Thames for the starting job in left field. "It gets a little, I don't want to say monotonous, but when you're facing live batting practice, it's tough to get really locked in."

Rasmus cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to right-center field off pitching prospect Deck McGuire. That homer put an end to 12 consecutive batters being retired by Team Gray and enabled Rasmus to finish the day 1-for-2.

"Usually, I feel pretty good off the bat," Rasmus said of his usual comfort level in the spring. "It doesn't take too long, because I'm at the house hitting anyway, and I hit off my high school team, some intrasquads, some live pitching, so usually it doesn't take me too long.

"I felt confident at the plate. I think that's all that matters. And I'm seeing the ball good, that's one thing I want to do, is just see the ball good. If I'm seeing it good, then my hands will get there."

Brandon Morrow started for Team Gray and completed a scoreless first inning despite giving up a single and a walk.