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Gaston praises ex-Jays shortstop Scutaro

Gaston praises ex-Jays shortstop Scutaro

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have been thrilled with the early offensive production and steady defense of shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the club over the winter. That does not mean manager Cito Gaston has forgotten about all that Marco Scutaro did for Toronto a year ago.

On Monday, Scutaro was back at Rogers Centre as the shortstop and leadoff man for Boston, which inked him to a multiyear contract this past offseason. One of the main reasons Scutaro was able to reel in a nice deal from the Red Sox was the strong performance he turned in as the Jays' leadoff man and shortstop in 2009.

"I just visited with him a few minutes ago," Gaston said. "He's one of the guys I really, really like and certainly respect. As I told him, it was nice to manage him. Of course, I didn't have to manage him too much. He's such a good player -- a knowledgeable player -- that you don't have to say much or do much with him. They got themselves a good player over there.

"You always wish you could keep a guy like him."

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