Our home and native land

When Matt Stairs entered the game as a pinch-hitter on Opening Day against the Tigers, he became the 13th Canadian-born player to suit up for the Blue Jays in franchise history. The following is a ranking of those 13 Canadians, along with their accomplishments, highlights or lowlights in a Toronto uniform …

1. Paul Quantrill, RHP — Went 11-2 with a 3.04 ERA in a league-leading 80 appearances in 2001, earning a spot on the AL all-star team in the prQuantrillocess.

2. Corey Koskie, INF — A Blue Jay in ’05, he went 4-for-5 with a home run and game-winning RBI-single against the Boston Red Sox on April 19 at Fenway Park … landed on the DL a month later, where he remained for the next two months.

3. Paul Spoljaric, LHP — In his second tour of duty with the Jays (1999), he appeared in 37 games, striking out 63 batters in 62 innings.

4. Dave McKay, INF — Played 145 games at second base in 1978, collecting 20 doubles and 45 RBIs … Went 4-for-4 with a triple and a homer on September 8 that season (vs. Orioles).

5. Rob Ducey, OF — Batted .315 (17-for-54) in 27 games in 1988 … Went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles during an 11-1 win over the Red Sox on Sept. 26.

6. Rob Butler, OF — Hit .271 in 17 games in 1993, earning a spot on the postseason roster … appeared in Games 4 and 5 of the World Series against Philadelphia.

7. Paul Hodgson, OF — Played 20 games for the Blue Jays in 1980, highlighted by a 2-for-3, 3-RBI performance against the Detroit Tigers on September 24.

8. Matt Stairs, INF/OF — Is 4-for-13 in six games during the ’07 campaign thus far … will move up this list as the season progresses.

9. Simon Pond, OF — Batted just .163 in 17 games during the ’04 season … Was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs against the Red Sox on May 21.

10. Steve Sinclair, LHP — Threw 15.0 innings in 24 contests for the Blue Jays in 1998.

11. Rich Butler, OF — Called up to the Jays in ’97, and went 4-for-14 in seven games … Went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs on September 27 against the Red Sox.

12. Denis Boucher, LHP — Made seven starts for Toronto in 1991, finishing 0-3 with a 4.58 ERA.

13. Vince Horsman, LHP — Threw just 4.0 scoreless innings for the Blue Jays in ’91.

A pitcher’s duel was in order Friday night, as both Roy Halladay and Jeremy Bonderman were stellar at the Rogers Centre this evening … Alex Rios led off the bottom half of the first with a solo homer … After the Tigers tied things at 1-1 in the second, neither team would score again until the tenth … After Halladay went back out and shut the Tigers down yet again in the top of the inning, Rios drove in the game-winner with a sac fly that scored Aaron Hill … With the series split one game apiece, A.J. Burnett will face Chad Durbin tomorrow at 1:07 pm …

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