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Jeremy Hellickson took his second loss after giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings against the Yankees on Sunday.
Hellickson was coming off a pair of real nice outings for himself and then this one kind of got away from him. He struggled with his command as evidenced by his weak first-pitch strike percentage and need for 99 pitches to labor through a total of just five frames. He's still trying to work himself back into a regualr routine so he's bound to have a rough start or two here and there. The trick, as always is to rebound strong. Unfortunately, this time out, a start in Toronto doesn't seem all too favorable for a rebound outing.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Julius Thomas (calf) did not participate in OTA's Thursday.
The injury is considered minor right now and since OTAs are voluntary, Thomas sitting out isn't a big deal. Look for him to get some rest and take part in workouts in a few days. The former favorite red zone target for Peyton Manning has his work cut out for him in Jacksonville as he's going to need to step up his work between the 20's if he wants to succeed. Analysis: Howard Bender
Alex Wood is confident his early-season struggles are behind him.
After Wood out-dueled Zack Greinke on Wednesday, he commented that he thought he had his best mechanics working in this start and that he was confident that this was a great starting point for him for the duration of the season. Apparently, through the first five starts, Wood was having mechanical issues that affected his sinker and his changeup. Pitching coach Roger McDowell helped him through it and now he's on a run where he's allowed just two runs over his last 19 2/3 innings. if you thought he was high on people's radar to start the year, imagine the trade talk that is about to ensue. Analysis: Howard Bender
Grant Balfour is leaning toward retirement.
It's apparently obvious that no other teams have shown any interest in the veteran free agent. Ideally, he would like a major league contract, but if he has tp settle for a minor league deal, he wants some sort of assurance that he'll be brought up in a timely fashion. If he can't get that, he'll probably head back Down Under. Analysis: Howard Bender