Davis kicks Jays up a notch
By BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Rajai Davis is back to driving opposing pitchers to distraction. So, now what?
Does manager John Farrell leave him in the No. 9 spot where he single-handedly demolished the Red Sox in a couple of key innings this week?
Or, does Farrell move him back into the leadoff spot?
“We’ll take a look at that. But the way Corey (Patterson) has swung the bat in the two-hole and Yunel (Escobar) continues to get on base and opens the hole as a dead pull hitter ...,” Farrell said, never actually getting around to answering.
Patterson has 10 multi-hit games this season in 23 starts. During his last 16 games, he’s batting .345 (19-for-55) with 11 runs and 10 RBIs.
“The fact Rajai is hitting like he did in spring training. It’s just good to see him swinging the bat like he has right now,” said Farrell.
Davis’ return to the lineup since injuring his ankle gives Toronto a completely different offence.
Having him in the lineup, says John McDonald, “does a lot of different things. It affects the pitcher because they have to change their game a bit. Defences have to shorten up. There’s a whole different dynamic to our club when he’s going. He brings an element we’ve battled against for years with teams like Tampa and Anaheim; how do we control their running game? We’ve been a station to station club for a long time.”
Bits and pieces
Jason Frasor has now worked a team-high 8 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings ... Carlos Villanueva has held opponents to a .134 average in an American League-high 21 1/3 innings ... Outfielder Jose Bautista has eight home runs in his last 16 games and has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games ... Davis has four multi-steal games ... Jesse Litsch is now 3-0 at home with a 3.44 ERA in three starts ... Tim Wakefield (44 years, 282 days) became the oldest player ever to play for the Red Sox when he came into Wednesday’s game. The record had been held by Deacon McGuire (44 years, 280 days).
John Lackey’s ERA is now up to 8.01 after the 9-3 loss to the Jays Wednesday. He gave up all nine runs in 6 2/3 innings, walked five, including one with the bases loaded. “Everything went wrong that could go wrong. It’s pretty much the story of the whole damn year,” said Lackey, as the Bosox, picked by many to win the AL East dropped six games behind the Yankees in the loss column as they head to New York for a three-game series.