Blue Jays announce starters for Spring Training games

Blue Jays announce starters for Spring Training games

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker has mapped out the starting pitchers for the club's first five games in Spring Training.

Rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez will get the start in Toronto's opener of the Grapefruit League season on Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh. He will be followed in the rotation by Marcus Stroman, Daniel Norris, R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle.

Sanchez is competing for the final spot in the rotation alongside Johan Santana, Marco Estrada and Norris. He's also being considered for a bullpen role, which would either come as a setup man or as the closer.

Toronto has yet to name its Opening Day starter. In each of the past two years, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons named Dickey the club's No. 1 starter early in camp, but he declined to get into specifics about the plan earlier this week.

The Blue Jays begin the regular season in New York vs. the Yankees on April 6. Toronto then has an off-day before continuing the series against the Yankees for two more games. The team will then travel to Baltimore to take on the Orioles before returning home for a three-game set vs. the Rays starting on April 13.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.