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    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Roy Halladay was just glad to make it to the mound at all.

    The ace right-hander pitched two innings in a rain-shortened final spring start, and the Philadelphia Phillies went on to an 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Halladay allowed two runs and three hits, struck out three and walked none before a 37-minute rain delay interrupted the exhibition game. He finished his work inside the batting cage and is set to face the Pirates in Pittsburgh on opening day.

    "I got to face some hitters which for there a little while we weren't sure if I was going to be in the cage from the get-go - I'll take it," said Halladay, who warmed up before the game with ominous clouds closing in on Clearwater. "If it's every going to rain it might as well be today on a short (start) as opposed to one where you're supposed to throw six or seven innings."

    The 34-year-old Halladay will throw a side session on Monday in Philadelphia before making his 10th straight opening-day start on Thursday. No pitcher in baseball has made more consecutive opening-day starts.

    "I'm happy with everything," Halladay said of his spring. "The last week is always tough. I'm looking forward to a change of scenery; I've been here since December, so I'm ready."

    Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Luis Valbuena homered for Toronto. Bautista hit a solo drive off David Herndon for his fourth spring homer.

    Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero prepped for his opening-day start by retiring all six batters he faced, striking out two.

    "I think that's the best I've felt all spring," Romero said. "I was sharp with all of my pitches. It's where I wanted to finish."

    The 27-year-old Romero will make his second consecutive opening-day start on Wednesday in Cleveland. As the Blue Jays prepared to break camp, Romero spoke optimistically about the team's chances this season.

    "I've said it all along, I lead by example, I'm not a rah-rah guy - I just come in and do my work," Romero said. "I feel like everyone is a leader in their own way. We're arrogant in a good way and know we can win. I think those are good qualities to have."

    Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. ended an 0-for-19 skid with a solo home run off Clint Everts in the seventh inning. It was Mayberry's first spring homer.

    NOTES: Philadelphia RHP Mike Stutes (shoulder soreness) played catch. He will stay in Clearwater when the Phillies break camp Sunday and could throw in a minor league game Tuesday or Wednesday. The Phillies have not ruled him out for opening day. . RHP Jose Contreras "probably" will start the season on the disabled list, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. Contreras had elbow surgery in September and didn't begin throwing in games until mid-March. He could be activated on April 10. . Philadelphia C Carlos Ruiz continued his torrid spring by going 2 for 2 with a double. Ruiz is hitting .512 (21 for 41) with two home runs and seven doubles in 15 games. ... Toronto RHP Dustin McGowan (right foot plantar fasciitis) will begin the season on the disabled list. "The foot continues to feel better but we want to be sure every symptom is out of there," manager John Farrell said. "If the injury starts to alter the arm slot that starts to get into a dangerous area." . Blue Jays OF Ben Francisco (hamstring) was not with the team in Clearwater. Francisco is scheduled to play in a minor league game on Sunday. . Toronto 1B Adam Lind (lower back) could be back in the lineup Sunday. Lind, who has been out since Tuesday, resumed baseball activities Saturday. "He's feeling better and his back is free," Farrell said.

     
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    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Yunel Escobar, SS3110110 .250
        Luis Valbuena, PR-2B1112000 .179
    Kelly Johnson, 2B3000131 .280
        Jonathan Diaz, PR-3B1100000 .405
    Jose Bautista, RF3111001 .292
        John Tolisano, RF2020000 .500
    Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3122000 .304
        Kevin Howard, 1B1000001 .000
    Eric Thames, LF3121111 .339
        Ricardo Nanita, PR-LF1000010 .308
    Brett Lawrie, 3B3021002 .556
        Omar Vizquel, 3B-SS2000002 .424
    J.P. Arencibia, C3000001 .224
        Yan Gomes, C2000010 .351
    Colby Rasmus, CF3000032 .184
        Rajai Davis, CF0100100 .286
    Jeff Mathis, DH4111022 .167
    Totals388128412  
    Batting
    2B - John Tolisano (1, Whatcott), Eric Thames (7, Halladay), Jeff Mathis (1, Whatcott)
    HR - Luis Valbuena (2, Whatcott), Jose Bautista (4, Herndon), Edwin Encarnacion (4, Halladay)
    SF - Edwin Encarnacion (1)
    RBI - Luis Valbuena 2 (5), Jose Bautista (10), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (13), Eric Thames (12), Brett Lawrie (9), Jeff Mathis (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (3), Eric Thames (6)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Escobar-Encarnacion, Valbuena-Vizquel-Howard
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Ricky Romero (W,2-0) 2000020 0.00
    Carlos Villanueva (H,5) 2311030 0.79
    Jason Frasor (H,7) 1200000 2.70
    Clint Everts (H,1) 2211001 3.60
    Scott Gracey (H,1) 0.2433100 40.50
    Robert Coello (S,3) 1.1000020 2.16
    HBP - Wigginton (by Carlos Villanueva)
    WP - Carlos Villanueva 2 (2), Scott Gracey (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 10-10, Carlos Villanueva 18-15, Jason Frasor 4-4, Clint Everts 10-9, Scott Gracey 10-5, Robert Coello 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 4-0, Carlos Villanueva 2-1, Jason Frasor 2-0, Clint Everts 4-2, Scott Gracey 1-0
    Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 6, Carlos Villanueva 10, Jason Frasor 4, Clint Everts 8, Scott Gracey 6, Robert Coello 4
    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Shane Victorino, CF3010001 .299
        Scott Podsednik, CF2000001 .327
    Placido Polanco, 3B3110001 .438
        Pete Orr, 3B2010000 .296
    Jimmy Rollins, DH3000001 .250
       a- Jim Thome, PH-DH1000001 .273
    Hunter Pence, RF3011010 .286
        Lou Montanez, RF0100100 .333
    Ty Wigginton, 1B2000010 .183
        Laynce Nix, 1B1110000 .217
    John Mayberry Jr., LF3111002 .192
        Juan Pierre, LF1111000 .370
    Hector Luna, 2B4021022 .327
    Carlos Ruiz, C2020000 .512
        Brian Schneider, C2000012 .258
    Freddy Galvis, SS4000023 .257
    Totals36511417  
    a-grounded into a double play for Rollins in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Placido Polanco (2, Villanueva), Carlos Ruiz (7, Frasor)
    HR - John Mayberry Jr. (1, Everts)
    RBI - Hunter Pence (10), John Mayberry Jr. (9), Juan Pierre (4), Hector Luna (11)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (4), Hector Luna (4)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    E - Placido Polanco (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Roy Halladay (L,1-2) 2322031 5.73
    Raul Valdes 2110130 1.42
    David Herndon 2311041 3.00
    Tyler Knigge 1211200 9.00
    Jordan Whatcott 1333101 20.25
    Juan Sosa 1000020 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 16-15, Raul Valdes 20-16, David Herndon 22-19, Tyler Knigge 13-4, Jordan Whatcott 12-6, Juan Sosa 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Raul Valdes 1-3, David Herndon 1-1, Jordan Whatcott 1-2
    Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 9, Raul Valdes 9, David Herndon 9, Tyler Knigge 6, Jordan Whatcott 7, Juan Sosa 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8849
    Game Time - 2:42
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Dan Iassogna