Bautista ends homer hiatus
By Bob Elliott, QMI Agency
|Blue Jays bopper Jose Bautista gets a low-five from teammate Adam Lind. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista ended his 13-game homerless streak with a solo blast in the fourth inning off the top of the centre-field fence against Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, making it a 3-1 game.
“I’ve never made this season about hitting home runs,” Bautista said.
He wasn’t exactly in an 0-for-30 streak, hitting .289, with a double and six RBIs during his homerless streak. Besides the Bautista home run, Lester allowed a single to Edwin Encarnacion in the eight innings he pitched.
“This was a tough series, we can’t dwell on it too much, but it’s three games, it’s a long season,” Bautista said.
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Jays manager John Farrell watched a replay of Brandon Morrow’s Saturday start when he arrived at the Rogers Centre on Sunday.
“Even inside the fastball the greater number of fastballs have been four-seamers, so you’re in that 93-97 range more consistently without creating a need to adjust to a change of speeds,” Farrell said. “That’s where he gets hit hard.
“I don’t know the reason for the hesitation,” Farrell said. “There have been times when he gets behind in the count that he’s going to go to his fastball when behind in counts. It’s a matter of pitching more. I saw broken-bat hits, but the ball was elevated.”
Farrell would like to see Morrow vary his velocities by using more curves and changeups.
RHP Jesse Litsch will throw a simulated game Monday at the Bobby Mattick Facility in Dunedin as minicamp opens for the Jays draftees, of which high schoolers RHP Joe Musgrove of El Cajon, Calif. (sandwich pick) and SS Justin Atkinson of Surrey, B.C. are the first two drafted players to have signed.
The Blue Jays allowed double digits in runs in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 10 and 11, 2004. Miguel Batista lasted 3 1/3 innings (eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits and two walks) in a 10-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The next day, the Rangers scored three times in the eighth of Jason Frasor for a 10-7 win. Frasor was pitching in relief of the redoubtable Ryan Glynn, plus relievers Kevin Frederick and Sean Douglass ... The scoreless streak of Luis Perez ended at 12 innings when he allowed singles to Carl Crawford, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Marco Scutaro in the fourth.