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Melissa Couto

Bullpen steps up in Jays' win

TORONTO—Aaron Sanchez looked down at his finger and saw the blood a handful of pitches into his start.

All he could think about then was finishing the inning. So he did.

Sanchez threw 13 pitches, erasing a five-pitch lead-off walk with a strikeout and a double play before leaving Toronto's 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday with a split nail on his right middle finger.

Pompey excited to make WBC debut

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Dalton Pompey remembers watching the 2009 World Baseball Classic in Toronto as a teenager and wondering if he'd ever get a chance to play in the tournament.

Fast forward eight years and he finally has his answer.

The 24-year-old outfielder from Mississauga, Ont. will be in Miami next week when Canada opens WBC play against the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Sanchez set to lead Jays' rotation

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Aaron Sanchez came into spring training this year with a different mentality than in the past.

For the first time in his major-league career, the 24-year-old right-hander doesn't have to prove he's worthy of a spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation after his dominant season last year.

And he's using that lack of pressure to sharpen his arsenal.