Blue Jays finalize order of starting rotation

Dickey, Norris, Buehrle and Sanchez to follow Opening Day starter Hutchison

Blue Jays finalize order of starting rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Blue Jays officially announced the order of their starting rotation on Wednesday morning, and as expected, the club will go with Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Daniel Norris, Mark Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez.

Toronto announced on Tuesday that Hutchison would be the Opening Day starter. The club also strongly hinted at what the remaining order would look like but waited another day before going on the record with the information.

With Hutchison starting on Opening Day, it allows him to also pitch at Baltimore in the second series of the season. Hutchison has fared well against the Orioles throughout his two seasons in the big leagues, with a 4-1 record and a 2.29 ERA.

Dickey was Toronto's Opening Day starter in each of the past two seasons. Pitching out of the second spot will give him an additional start in a dome and allow the veteran starter to avoid Baltimore, where the weather can often be unpredictable at this time of the year.

Norris as the No. 3 starter matches him against a Yankees lineup that features a lot of left-handed hitters. It also allows Buehrle to skip pitching at Yankee Stadium, where he has a 6.22 career ERA in nine starts. Those decisions leave Sanchez with the final spot in the rotation.

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.