Esmil Rogers is an easygoing guy.
Where other starting pitchers are anti-social on the day of their starts, shunning all conversation to maintain the sombre focus of a monk, Rogers chats amiably and jokes around as he does every other day.
Perhaps that’s why he has converted so easily from the bullpen to the rotation, embracing the starters’ spotlight with ease and aplomb.
And right now the Blue Jays are reflecting Rogers’ feel-good mood right back at him.
The club extended its winning streak to a season-high seven games Tuesday, defeating the Colorado Rockies 8-3 as Rogers dominated his former team and the Jays’ offence exploded for four first-inning runs, cushioning their lead with three homers in the second half of the game.
J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis combined to hit back-to-back jacks in the sixth, one inning after Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 19th of the season to ruin the Canadian homecoming for Rockies left-hander and Vancouver native Jeff Francis.

The win marked the first time the Jays have won seven straight games in more than five years, as they improved to just two games under .500.
Though they stumbled out of the gate to start the season with a star-studded rotation that many pundits predicted would be among the league’s best, the Jays are riding their current streak with a patched-together crew that includes Rogers and veteran Chien-Ming Wang, who was plucked from the minor-league scrap heap.
Consider that among the many ironies of an unpredictable baseball season.
Rogers — the Jays’ eventual return for trading ex-manager John Farrell — has been a revelation in the starting role.
Manager John Gibbons admitted Tuesday that the club turned to Rogers out of desperation as they scrambled to fill the holes in their injury-riddled rotation and ran out of capable minor-league call-ups.