TORONTO -- Left-hander Brett Cecil has been going over the top. Catcher J.P. Arencibia has been going over the fences. The Toronto Blue Jays were doing it all Friday in a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. Arencibia provided all the offence for Toronto with a three-run blast in the fifth inning against Alexi Ogando. It was his 17th homer of the season and his fifth in his past six games. Cecil (4-4) employed his new full windup for the second start in a row. The new throwing motion, which has his hands go over his head, continues to be effective as he pitched seven innings for his second win against the Rangers in less than a week. "Its better rhythm," Cecil said of the new windup. "Its made it easier for me to get the ball down in the first place." Jon Rauch picked up his ninth save of the season despite giving up a home run to Mike Napoli to lead off the ninth. Rauch then gave up a single to Mitch Moreland. Cecil pitched his first career shutout with a 3-0 win against the Rangers (60-47) last Sunday, introducing the full over-the-head windup to help establish rhythm in his delivery. He worked on it with pitching coach Bruce Walton before that start. "To his credit he has taken this recent adjustment and it has worked very well for him," manager John Farrell said. "Hes keeping the ball down," Arencibia said. "Its unbelievable how many bad swings guys take when hes down. "Hes got good stuff. He could pitch at 88 to 90 and still be very successful. He just has to keep the ball down. He did it again today." Cecil allowed seven hits, including a home run by Nelson Cruz, one walk and one run while striking out six to lower his earned-run average to 4.34. "The guy has got tremendous off-speed stuff," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We knew that and we still couldnt stay back like we should have." Farrell credits Cecils new pitching form for the back-to-back wins against the reigning American League champions. "I think a lot of it has to do with the adjustment in his delivery," Farrell said. "Hes had better energy in his delivery, hes had better location to his stuff down in the zone more consistently. And it just allows his change-up to play that much better. "Hes got a swing-and- a-miss change-up and hes not afraid to throw it in any count." Texas Alexi Ogando took the loss last Sunday and again Friday. Ogando (10-5) pitched 5 2-3 innings on Friday and allowed four hits, four walks and three runs, all on Arencibias 17th homer of the season. It was Arencibias fifth homer in his past six games. This time, Cecil lost the shutout in the second inning. Cruz, who drove in eight runs in the Rangers 12-2 win over the Blue Jays (54-52) last week, led off the second with his 23rd homer of the season. Cruz came out of the game in the fifth with tightness in his left quadriceps. Endy Chavez replaced him in the fifth. Both Cecil and Arencibia felt it was a good pitch that Cruz hit for the home run. "Nelson hit a good pitch, 2-0 down and away he almost knocked down our seats back there but it was a good pitch," Arencibia said. The Jays starter agreed. "I thought was a pretty good pitch," Cecil agreed. "It was a sinker down and away but apparently thats where he likes it." Edwin Encarnacions double in the second was the only Blue Jays hit until the fifth when Aaron Hill led off with an infield hit and Travis Snider singled to left. Arencibia, who hit three homers in last weeks series in Texas, hit a slider on an 0-1 pitch to put the Blue Jays into a 3-1 lead. "It kind of fooled me a little bit because he throws hard and youve really got to sit on the fastball," Arencibia said. "I was able to still get my hands extended and drive it out of the park." Arencibia has hit well since being dropped to the No. 9 spot in the order. "In that slot hes been outstanding in terms of average and power and hes come up with some key swings at key moments in the game," Farrell said. Cecil made a key fielding play in the sixth. The Rangers started the sixth with singles by Josh Hamilton and Young. But Cecil fielded a bunt by Chavez and got the force out at third. "Its a big play," Cecil said."We practice that more than anything at spring training. So its like second nature to us. "Its a huge play to keep guys off second and third with one out. Keep them at first and second, a chance at a double play." On the next pitch Napoli popped out. Moreland grounded out to end the threat. Ogando left with two out in the sixth after giving up his second walk of the inning. Former Rangers reliever Frank Francisco, the subject of trade rumours about a possible trade back to Texas, replaced Cecil and pitched one inning, allowing Youngs double. First baseman Adam Lind made a nice defensive play in the ninth as well. 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His last outing came last Tuesday, March 11, against the Baseball Canada junior team, during which he threw only fastballs and splitters. He has struggled to command his fastball, which the club and Morrow insist isnt worrisome due to his long layoff. "Were looking at the way guys are throwing and Brandon, right now, we want to make sure hes healthy, we want to make sure he gets through the season healthy," said Walker. "We need him to be a big part of this rotation and right now its just where he fits in." Morrow has been throwing relatively consistently since November. The Jays have brought him along carefully this spring but with the regular season looming, Morrow is running out of time to build up to go deeper into games. With too few innings to spread among all of their rotation hopefuls, the Jays are giving minor league games to rotation certainties like R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle. Morrow is included in that bunch. The plan is for Morrow to pitch four or five innings against the Yankees Scranton affiliate on Tuesday in Tampa. Tuesdays start will come a full week after Morrows last appearance. Walker says theres no concern about Morrows health. "No, no, but just past history we want to make sure we take care of him as best we can," he said. "Tuesday will be a good outing for him," continued Walker. "Hes going to get some good work on Tuesday and hell still have two outings after that." The Blue Jays have off days on three consecutive Mondays in April: April 7, 14 and 21. The club will require a fifth starter on four occasions during the first month of the season, although Walker and manager John Gibbons will be able to make adjustments as they see fit. "It depends on who youre playing, how you line up sometimes as you look at the first couple of weeks of the season," said Walker. "We can always slot him back in where we want to put him but, right now, this is how things look right now. Things could change." Meanwhile, Gibbons reiterated on Sunday morning that, in his mind, there is one spot open in the starting rotation. Neithher the manager nor anyone on his coaching staff will publicly confirm Drew Hutchison has a big league job.dddddddddddd However, the 23-year-old has been the best starter in camp. It would be a hard sell, barring the unforeseen, to keep Hutchison off the opening day roster. That leaves J.A. Happ, Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond and Ricky Romero fighting for the final spot. "Im a big Happ fan," said Gibbons. "I think hes going to have a heck of a year for us. All indications the other day, his backs fine, he threw very well and that was a big question. Now, if his back flares up, it may be a different story." Casey Janssen, Steve Delabar, Sergio Santos, Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil are assured bullpen jobs. What isnt yet decided is whether there will be a seven reliever contingent or an eight-man bullpen heading north. An eight-man bullpen would shorten Gibbons bench but with much uncertainty about the group of starters, Gibbons wouldnt rule out taking an extra arm. There is also the business matter of options – who has them and who doesnt – to factor in. The Jays may have no choice but to put one of their pitchers through waivers but the club is loathe to lose the bodies. "What makes the team the strongest," said Gibbons. "Do we feel we need to carry that extra guy to help the rotation out? Because theyre all really good; I mean, were not going to keep a guy just to keep a guy unless theyre valuable and we think everybody we have is valuable." CAMP CUTS The Blue Jays optioned pitchers Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin and Chad Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo prior to Sundays 4-3, 10-inning win over the Orioles. Drabek, 26, struggled to command his repertoire this spring, giving up eight earned runs, 10 hits and six walks over eight innings. "Go down there and start pitching," said manager John Gibbons. "Were running out of time. Hes not going to make the team. He needs to go down there and get his work in." Jenkins, 26, allowed three runs over 6 2/3 spring innings, including one each in his final two appearances. He was a contributor as a call up last season, both as a starter and as a reliever, but he has options remaining. The Blue Jays can get Jenkins to Buffalo without first passing him through waivers. "He should be pitching in the big leagues," said Gibbons. "Theyre not far away. If somebody falters, if we keep somebody in the bullpen and they falter and we feel like they can help us more, theyll be right back up. Thats just the way the game works." Nolin, a 24-year-old lefthander, appeared in four spring games, starting one. He made his big league debut last May in a loss to Baltimore, was quickly demoted and not recalled the remainder of the season. Hes an option for the Blue Jays if the rotation suffers from underperformance or an injury. ' ' '