Blue Jays watch
By Mike Rutsey
Second baseman Orlando Hudson is either hitting like crazy or not hitting at all. When he initially came off the disabled list on June 16, Hudson went on a tear at the plate as over the course of 18 games he was hitting .328 (20-for-61) to raise his batting average to .281. But then he stopped dead in his tracks and is currently in a 0-for-19 skid and his average is down to .260. Yesterday he was given the day off, a mental break holiday courtesy of manager Carlos Tosca. Frank Menechino replaced him in the lineup.
BEST FOR LAST
Miguel Batista will make the Jays final start before the all-star break this afternoon. The right-hander is 8-5 overall but 6-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 10 starts at SkyDome. He has won six consecutive starts at SkyDome from May 13-July 6. He has also picked up the win in each of his past four starts going 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA, the four-game win streak being a career high.
KEEPS ON HITTING
With a single in the sixth, Eric Hinske extended his career high hitting streak to 12 games. Over that span he has gone 23-for-49, a 4.69 average.
Josh Phelps drove in one of the two runs and has 19 RBIs in his past 10 games.
Alex Rios also singled in his first at-bat and has hit in six straight (10-for-24) for a .417 average. He has also hit in 22 of his past 26 games.
BELIEVE ITOR NOT
Anaheim's Tim Salmon, who bats right, doubled off Ted Lilly in the fifth inning representing his first hit of the season against left-handers. Up till then he was 0-for-40 vs. lefties. in his 11-plus years in the majors, Salmon is a .271 hitters vs. lefties.
Anaheim's Chone Figgins' triple in the seventh was his 13th of the season which ties the club record for most triples in a season. It's taken Figgins just 74 games ... The slam for Bengie Molina was the second of his career.