The Jays open their 36th season of AL play on Thursday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with left-hander Ricky Romero facing my fellow Jamaican-born right-hander, Justin Masterson.

It will be the second straight opening day start for Romero. Jack Morris and Dave Stieb also started two in a row for the Jays. Jimmy Key worked three straight openers, while Roy Halladay started seven from 2003-09.

Romero was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11 innings this spring, while the Tribe's giant right-hander was 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in five starts covering 18 innings.