03/29/2003 5:43 PM ET
Notes: Tosca looks to season ahead
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Manager Carlos Tosca said he considered his first Spring Training in charge of the Jays a success.
|By Paul C. Smith / MLB.com
The Jays finished with a 13-10 record with four ties this spring but that's not what Tosca said he looks at.
"You do play games to win games," Tosca said. "But that's not one of the indicators to me of whether you had a good spring. I am happy because we're able to get our starters up to seven or eight innings. We also had a good tempo this spring and developed a nice cohesiveness. I am pleased with that aspect more than the win/loss record."
Tosca said it was a relatively smooth spring.
"The pleasing aspect for me was the way we went about our business," Tosca said. "I think we set a standard for future camps. And I do think there is a nice bond with the team now. They pull for each other and respect each other."
Tosca was asked if that would help the Jays win games.
"I think it can equate to winning games," Tosca said. "How many, I don't know. But I think that's one of the things we can use as a weapon."
The skipper speaks: "I got my big coat and I think I brought my gloves." -- Florida native Tosca when informed of impending cold weather in Canada.
Roster moves: The Jays returned infielder Mike Moriarty to the minor league camp and added left-handed pitcher Trever Miller and right-handed pitcher Doug Linton to the 25-man roster.
Around the horn: Tosca said the Jays head into Opening Day, "as healthy as we have been all spring." ...Tosca again predicted a big season for Carlos Delgado. "Who knows how much his knee really bothered him last year,"Tosca said. "It's just a gut feeling on my part but I think he's going to have a real good year." ...Closer Kelvim Escobar has thrown the ball exceptionally well the last three times out. "He's not trying to overthrow," Tosca said. "He threw two devastating [split-finger fastballs] to Carl Crawford on Friday night."
Weather report: It was sunny and hot (84 degrees) on Saturday afternoon. But the Jays were bracing for cooler weather in Toronto.
Coming up: The Jays flew back to Toronto after the game and will work out at SkyDome on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Yankees will work out at noon. Fans can watch by entering through Gates 5 and 6 at 11:30 a.m. with a $2 donation to the Jays Care Foundation.
Paul C. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.