VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
Fantasy Sports
More
Betting Tools

 
RHP Johnson all set for new start in Toronto

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - For Josh Johnson, the setting this season is different - it's a lot colder in Toronto - but the expectations remain as high as they ever were in Miami.

Advertisement
``My wife and I scouted out Toronto after Christmas,'' the right-hander said Wednesday. ``It was a lot of fun. Heidi liked it and that's a big part, making sure the other half is happy.''

Johnson was part of the 12-player blockbuster trade between the Marlins and Blue Jays in mid-November.

The only other time Johnson visited Toronto was in June 2009 when he pitched a complete game, the Marlins winning 11-3.

``I know it's cold and it snows a lot,'' he said. ``I like it. I was born in Minneapolis.''

Johnson and his wife were in Toronto during last week's snowstorm.

``It was fun. My wife didn't like it much but I loved it,'' he said.

Johnson sat atop the 2012 starting rotation of the Marlins, a team laden with high-priced talent and expected to at least challenge for the NL East title and perhaps ride it to the World Series.

But the team underachieved in their new ballpark and finished in last place. The Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen and traded away $163.75 million in guaranteed contracts - two of which belonged to Johnson and fellow Blue Jays front-line starter Mark Buehrle.

``I had mixed feelings about leaving,'' Johnson said. ``I definitely wanted to win, wanted to go somewhere where I could win a World Series, but I also thought (the Marlins) were awesome. I wanted to stay there and win there this year.''

Then came the trade, followed a month later by the deal that sent 2012 Cy Young Award-winning knuckleballer R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets to the Blue Jays.

Now Johnson sits third in the rotation, behind Dickey and Brandon Morrow and ahead of Buehrle and Ricky Romero.

I'm extremely excited,'' he said as Toronto's pitchers and catchers went through their first official spring workout.

Johnson said it doesn't matter where he's listed in the rotation.

``Once the season starts it's going to get all jumbled up and it doesn't matter where you're at. All I want to do it be out there every fifth day and start,'' he said. ``Dickey at the top, he's almost painful to watch.''

NOTES: Blue Jays RHP Dustin McGowan, who has undergone three surgeries in the past five seasons, will be ``slowed down'' this week, manager John Gibbons said. Gibbons said McGowan's ``shoulder was barking'' after playing catch on Tuesday. McGowan, 12-10 in 27 starts in 2007, was operated on in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He missed all of 2009-10 and last season.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Friday's Diamond Notes
MyBookie.ag: Friday's Best Bet
Nelson: Top Contender Concerns
Braves end Dodgers' 11-game hot streak
Yankees down Mariners, 'under' hits
Padres knock off Bumgarner, Giants
Royals rout Tigers, 'over' cashes
Orioles outlast Rangers to grab sweep
Jays get sun help to shade Red Sox, 8-6
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
4-0 +526 LN, 9-1 Run, +5,133 TY
13-1 +1,310 G-Plays, 16-6 L7 Days
5-1 +490 Y'day, 6-2 +379 G-Plays
7-2, +607 Record Thursday
5-1, +425 L6 MLB Guarantees
9-4 Record Last 13 Picks
5-2 G-Plays, 12-6 L18 Picks
7-2, +487 Last 9 Guarantees
6-3 Record Last 9 Picks
3-0 Last 3 MLB G-Plays
14-8 +630 L22, +1,859 Overall
9-5, +436 Last 14 Guarantees
7-4 +378 Y'day, +2,275 Totals
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
2017 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 5133
Stephen Nover + 1859
John Fisher + 882
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 2052
Gary Bart + 2001
Vince Akins + 1372
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2275
Micah Roberts + 912
Kyle Hunter + 738
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 889
ASA + 644
John Fisher + 637
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1119
Scott Rickenbach + 840
Gary Bart + 633
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 1735
Dave Cokin + 1372
Stephen Nover + 863
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership