Blue Jays to talk hitting with Colby Rasmus' dad

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TORONTO (AP) -- When the Toronto Blue Jays rolled out the welcome mat for new outfielder Colby Rasmus on Thursday, they extended it to his father, too.

Acquired the previous day in a three-team trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox, Rasmus batted second and started in center field Thursday night against Baltimore.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell said the team intends to speak with Rasmus' father, Tony, about Colby's hitting and how best to coach him. Rasmus and the Cardinals apparently clashed over his decision to be coached by his father, rather than work with hitting coaches Mark McGwire and Mike Aldrete.

Rasmus played for his father in high school.