The young buck had been impressive in his second start.

Who cared that the Blue Jays had lost 3-2 to Minnesota Twins at the MetroDome in 11 innings on the night of April 14, 2009?

Big picture, the ever-lasting impression was of the Jays lefty starter, who worked eight innings, escaping a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the sixth.

He topped out with a 95 m.p.h. fastball and 45 of his 106 pitches were 90 m.p.h. or higher.

He started strong, setting down the first nine Twins in order, and finished strong, retiring six in succession.

"I like to take the mentality of a bulldog out there," Ricky Romero said in the clubhouse.