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Toronto Blue Jays' Worst. Season. Ever?; GO Transit's $94M facelift; and say hello to the iPhone 5. Your Morning Cable

Toronto Blue Jays’ Worst. Season. Ever?


Is this the Toronto Blue Jays’ worst season ever? Relief pitcher Jason Frasor, who has been with the team every year since 2004, says yes — at least as far as his tenure is concerned.

In an interview with the Toronto SunFrasor called this season “the worst,” before the Jays were swept by the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, losing 10-7 in the final game. The team has lost seven of their last nine. 

The 35-year-old pitcher, who played for the Chicago White Sox for two months in 2011, blames part of the team’s performance this year on high expectations.

“Alex (Anthopoulos, the team’s general manager) has some work to do,” said Frasor, to the Sun. “The number one disappointment has been all the injuries and the serious part of them is Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison, who was really starting to figure it out, will miss a great part of next season too. Same with Luis Perez. People forget how terrific he was.”

Though Frasor becomes a free agent at the end of the year, he has seen the team’s potential for growth and improvement, particularly with younger players, like Brett Lawrie, Adeiny Hechavarria and Anthony Gose, who are “athletes.” Frasor began his career with the Jays in 2004.

The team currently boasts a record of 66-82, and is in last place in the American League East division.

GO Transit’s $94M facelift

The federal government is pledging more than $94-million for a GO Transit facelift, and to constuct a new facility in Whitby, Ont. 

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli made the announcement on Thursday, at the proposed future site near Victoria Street and Brock Street. 

The facility will include 18 storage tracks, maintenance bays, offices, washing buildings and a fuelling station, according to 680 Newsand will cost an estimated pricetag of $400-million. The Ontario government plans to cover the remaining funding total. 

Predicted to be operational by 2017, the GO Transit maintenance facility is expected to create at least 400 full-time jobs. Currently, only one of these sites is operational, and was built over 30 years ago in Willowbrook, Ont.

Say hello to the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 officially goes on sale at 8 a.m. EST on Friday, presenting the first major adaptation of the product since the first model debuted in 2007.

The new thinner, elongated smartphone measures at 10 cm diagonally, allowing for an extra 1.1 cm of display icons, and a larger viewing screen.

Prior to the launch, Apple has been flooded with pre-orders for the new phone, including, as 680 News reports, double the advanced orders in 24 hours for its previous incarnation, the iPhone 4S, which was released last October. 

See you in line at the Apple store!

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Joanna Adams writes about news and entertainment for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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