4/12/2014 6:30 P.M. ET
McGowan aims to use stellar start as springboard
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- One day after earning his first victory in six years, right-hander Dustin McGowan was looking to build upon his good work.
McGowan threw 6 1/3 shutout innings in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Orioles for his first win since June, 2008. He has battled several health problems that sidelined and slowed him over the years, but said there was no big celebration after the game.
"I just went back to the hotel and laid in bed," McGowan said, smiling. "I was exhausted. But it's been awhile."
McGowan rebounded from a poor outing in his first start this season against the Yankees when he took the loss. But he was much better this time, keeping a strong Baltimore lineup quiet by scattering five hits.
His next start is scheduled for Thursday in Minnesota. Now that one major hurdle has been cleared, McGowan is looking at remaining consistent and pitching well.
"All I can control is one pitch at a time," he said. "I can build on Friday and just keep going, keep working and getting stronger."
Reyes, Janssen look ready to begin rehab stints
BALTIMORE -- Jose Reyes and Casey Janssen appear headed to Florida for rehab assignments. If all goes well, Reyes might be able to return to the team by the time the Blue Jays make it to Cleveland on Friday for the final part of their nine-game road trip.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that, if everything's approved, the two players would fly to Florida on Sunday and start doing some work with Class A Dunedin. Reyes (hamstring) would probably start playing in a game on Monday, but Gibbons wasn't yet sure about the plan for Janssen (back/abdominal) -- although it looks like Monday or Tuesday for him also.
Gibbons said he doesn't think this should be a long-term thing for Reyes in Florida, but they just need to keep an eye on how the shortstop fares.
"I don't think he's going to need many [games]," Gibbons said. "But [we] just kind of have to see how that first one [goes and] kind of gage it and see how he's doing. I think probably, hopefully we'll get him back in Cleveland."
Reyes ran again before Saturday's game with the Orioles, this time testing the sore hamstring by racing around the bases in different ways, and he felt very good about it afterwards.
"I was good," Reyes said. "I'm close."
He has been out since the first inning of the first game of the season in Tampa Bay, and the Blue Jays have missed his bat at the top of their lineup.
Janssen hasn't pitched yet. He has been on the disabled list since March 29, but threw Saturday and, like Reyes, was happy with the results after tossing about 35 pitches.
"It felt good," Janssen said. "I think I pretty much threw as hard as I could without facing a hitter. I threw a full warm-up and then threw like I was throwing to a couple hitters. Didn't hold back [and] felt fine. It was just a good bullpen [session]."
Janssen said he's not exactly sure how many outings would be needed on rehab, but he said two could be enough. He said, however, that they'll just see how everything plays out.
• The Blue Jays' 2-0 win on Friday was an unusual one -- just the 20th game in franchise history they won with three hits or less. The club finished with three hits, none of which drove in runs. Dioner Navarro's forceout brought in one run while the second run scored on an Oriole error.
• Navarro has been tough for opposing pitchers to deal with this season when it comes to strikeouts. He has fanned just one time so far this year. He leads the Majors in the hardest to strike out category.
• Melky Cabrera stretched his hitting streak to 12 on Saturday with a third-inning single off Baltimore starter Bud Norris. That ties him for the team's record for a hitting streak at the start of season, set by Vernon Wells in 2006.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.