With extra lively fastball, Ryan dominant

With extra lively fastball, Ryan dominant

TORONTO -- During the beginning of June, there were all sorts of questions about the health of Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan. The southpaw, who underwent Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery on his left elbow last year, had gone through a stretch of five games in which he suffered three blown saves and two losses.

Since then, though, any concerns of a lingering injury have been far removed, as Ryan has returned to his former self.

Over the season's first two months, Ryan was a perfect 12-for-12 in save opportunities with a 0.53 ERA. Then he suffered that blip, going 0-3 with an ERA of 13.50 during the five-game stretch.

Since suffering his last loss, though, Ryan has been dominant again, allowing no runs over seven games, while collecting three saves.

"His fastball has got more life to it," Jays cacther Rod Barajas said. "It's finishing. What I mean by that is the last 10 feet [to home plate], it seems that it picks up speed."

According to Barajas, that has particularly helped Ryan against right-handed hitters.

"They end up being late, because that last 10 feet, it seems like it picks us a couple miles per hour," Barajas said.

"It may not show on the scoreboard, velocity-wise, but it seems that he's got a little bit more to him."

Pitching matchup
TOR: RHP Roy Halladay (8-6, 3.12 ERA)
In his career against Seattle, Halladay is 4-4 with a 3.00 ERA over 72 innings.

SEA: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-3, 4.79 ERA)
Dickey has pitched two scoreless innings in his career against the Blue Jays.

Tidbits
Add Tony Fernandez to the list of former Blue Jays who have paid a visit to Cito Gaston since he took over as the team's manager. Fernandez was in the Jays' clubhouse following Sunday's game. ... Toronto has now shut out the opposing team in seven games this year. ... The Blue Jays have now played in four 1-0 games this season, their most since 2005, when they also played in four 1-0 decisions. ... A.J. Burnett has recorded 10 or more strikeouts 19 times during his career. ... Scott Downs extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 26 frames on Sunday. ... Alex Rios leads the Blue Jays with 23 doubles this year. He picked up two on Sunday.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 8-4, 3.82) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 6-5, 2.83), 10:10 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan, 6-6, 4.26) at Mariners (Jarrod Washburn, 3-7, 5.23), 10:10 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day

David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.