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BALTIMORE, Maryland - Josh Johnson, the Blue Jays 67" right-hander, gave up seven runs in six innings in Sundays loss to the Orioles. Pink Steelers Jerseys . No cute play on numbers could lessen the ugliness of Johnsons latest outing in the 7-4 defeat, which cost Toronto another series against a divisional opponent and dropped the club to 7-13 in 20 games since an 11-game win streak captivated the city. "Well they hit him around pretty good," said manager John Gibbons. Did they ever. Baltimore went single, single, fly ball out, RBI single, two-RBI double, fly ball out, RBI single, strikeout in the first inning. Four runs, five hits and Toronto was in an early hole. Johnson, whose size alone should command a presence, once again pitched small. His fastball too often caught too much of the plate. The Orioles lineup, which has belted 132 home runs on the season, by far the most in baseball, made him pay on two occasions. Chris Davis hit a two-run shot in the third (that two-RBI double in the first, also Davis) and Adam Jones hit a solo dinger in the fifth. Johnson remains stuck on one win; the Blue Jays have won only three of his 12 starts. Its been a difficult season, obviously, which Johnson admitted to TSN.ca. "More frustrating, I guess," he said. "Its not for a lack of effort or anything like that or being hurt or feeling anything in there that youre unsure about. Its just frustration, feeling good and not being able to get outs and get as deep into a game as you want to. Its just frustrating. You want to throw the ball better for this team." Baseball is a game of failure. The best hitters make out seven times out of 10. Its a good season for a pitcher if he wins 15 of his 33 starts. R.A. Dickey has written and talked about "managing regret." Johnson has struggled to do so at times, forgetting that hes good and giving hitters too much credit. "I think whenever you struggle you can get away from that," said Johnson. "You can kind of be like, okay, this guy is hitting this pitch or whatever. Thats whenever you start getting those mental voices in your head that are talking. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isnt but I think a little bit it was early on, or a couple of starts ago." There are the phone calls and the text messages. Loved ones and friends with an encouraging word, even some with advice but Johnson has closed ranks when it comes to baseball talk. He keeps close to teammates, particularly Mark Buehrle, and he works closely with pitching coach Pete Walker. "Even when you have a track record like him and guys that have been around the game a lot and pitched a lot of innings they still go through a period where maybe they second guess their stuff a little bit or dont give themselves enough credit," said Walker. "I think he went through a little bit of a period during the season when that was the case." Bullpen coach Pat Hentgen recalled his toughest season in the big leagues, in 1995, when he went 10-14 with a 5.17 ERA out of the players strike. Calling it a serving of "humble pie" after All-Star seasons in 1993 and 1994 (Johnson also is a two-time All-Star, with Florida in 2009 and 2010,) Hentgen says he refocused in the offseason and bounced back with a 20-win campaign in 1996. He won the Cy Young Award. Hentgen can relate to Johnsons crisis of confidence. Just one problem: there isnt an offseason right around the corner to correct the mind. In its stead, Hentgen offers some advice. "I think first off, after spending seven years in the National League, you come over here and you dont realize the knowledge that youve acquired during that span," said Hentgen. "I think right now he doesnt know the hitters as well as he did in the National League and that has an effect. Thats one. Two, I would think that he just needs to get ahead more and get out of the middle. It sounds easy but its not. If it was easy a lot of guys would do it. Josh has got great mechanics, hes got great fastball command, theres no reason why he shouldnt be able to get strike one on hitters and even get strike two and then go to work." Despite the inconsistency on the mound, Johnson has been steadfast in his assertion that he is not looking ahead to his impending free agency. Ask him today and you get the same response you did in spring training. "Just the here and now," he said. "This team, this is who Im with and you cant sit there and say all right, what if I do this, what happens if this, and nothing happens and youre worrying about all that for nothing. All I worry about is going out there, working hard everyday to make sure Im ready for the next start and throwing the ball well." Its unlikely Johnson has much, if any, trade value at the moment. It makes more sense for general manager Alex Anthopoulos to keep Johnson and make him a qualifying offer. Johnson could accept and return on a one-year deal at a dollar amount reasonably similar to this seasons $13.75-million price tag. Maybe he bounces back in 2014 and the move pays off. Johnson could also reject the qualifying offer, leaving him to test the free agent waters but assuring the Blue Jays a compensatory draft pick. Those are matters for another day. As it stands, if the Blue Jays are to contend or tease contention this season, Johnson must be better. Much better. And until he proves otherwise, thats a pretty big "if." Cheap Steelers Jerseys . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. Gold Steelers Jerseys . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. http://www.officialsteelersnflauthenticshop.com/ . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the first 10 games of the regular season.Brighton have completed the signing of Czech Republic international Jiri Skalak from FK Mlada Boleslav for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old forward has penned a three-and-a-half year deal at The Amex and becomes Brightons sixth acquisition of the January window.Skalak passed his medical earlier on Monday and is in contention to debut for Brighton against Brentford on Friday evening, live on Sky Sports 1, subject to international clearance. Manager Chris Hughton said: Jiri is a versatile forward, who is capable of scoring goals. He is a player who is able to play in any of the forward positions, and increases our attacking options for the second half of the season.Hes a skilful and technical player, a full international, and has represented his country at every level. He has played in the top division in the Czeech Republic and the Europa League. Elite Steelers Jerseys. .He is also someone we have been monitoring for some time, so we are delighted to have completed the transfer and to welcome Jiri to the club.Skalak began his career with Sparta Prague, signing his first professional contract with the club in 2010.After a number of loan moves early in his career - including season-long spells with FC Zbrojovka Brno and Boleslav - Skalak made a permanent switch to Boleslav last summer.Skalak, who has been handed the number 38 shirt and will meet up with his new team-mates tomorrow, has scored six goals in 16 games so far this season. Also See: Brighton video Brighton fixtures Brighton stats Bet £5 Get £20 Free Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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