Blue Jays Giving Young Lawrie Space to Grow

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"Two-eighteen. Don't be afraid."


This is how Brett Lawrie proffers an invitation to afternoon golf to Mark DeRosa, who does not turn it down.


"Far from being afraid," DeRosa said, "I'm in."


What we have here is a burgeoning friendship, just as the Blue Jays intended. DeRosa, 15 years Lawrie's senior and as glutinous a "glue guy" as exists in the game, was brought aboard this superstar-laden squad not to be a key component of the offense but to bring an air of professionalism both to the at-bats and interactions in this chemistry experiment of a clubhouse.


And to be sure, DeRosa's specific locker location in the Toronto clubhouse -- right next to that of Lawrie -- is no happy...

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