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Shaun Marcum, out since '08, to start opening day for Blue Jays

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Check out the look on Shaun Marcum's(notes) face.

I'd like to say the grin appeared because pitching coach Bruce Walton just told Marcum he's going to be the Blue Jays' opening day starter.

It's not. The shot is from earlier this month.

But the good news still stands for Marcum. If all continues to go well in his comeback from injury, he will become the first Jays pitcher other than Roy Halladay(notes) to start on opening day in eight years.

It also seems like eight years since Marcum pitched, but it's only been since September 2008. He missed all of 2009 and the end of the '08 season after suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John ligament replacement surgery.

With Halladay off to lead the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto manager Cito Gaston named Marcum his No. 1 in 2010. Left-hander Ricky Romero(notes) probably was Gaston's other option.

At 28 years old, Marcum is the elder statesman of the Jays' staff. He also has made 64 career starts, with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.283 WHIP. He also averages 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

"I think he's earned it from what he's done in the past," Gaston said.

All Marcum told last week was that he wants "to stay healthy and make all my starts this year."

He can start with April 5 at Texas.

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