Sea of fans awaits Lawrie
By MIKE RUTSEY and BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Following Sunday’s game, the Jays flew west to Seattle where they will open a three-game series on Monday. Given that Brett Lawrie is from Langley, B.C., the series could be something of a zoo for the rookie third baseman.
“There’s nothing more important to him than how he competes between the lines,” manager John Farrell said of Lawrie’s work habits. “But I think every player could use some reminders just to know there could be some distractions along the way and that’s all part of starting a big league career.
“I think any time you go back to play close to your hometown there’s going to be a lot of people coming out of the woodwork that you hadn’t heard from in probably five to 10 years and that’s why it’s important to know that it’s OK to say no. Brett’s a smart kid and he’ll handle this fine.”
Rips it up
In the eighth inning Sunday, pinch-hitter Rajai Davis suffered a left hamstring tear while running to first and likely will be lost for the season. The Jays placed Davis on the 15-day DL and recalled INF Mike McCoy from triple-A Las Vegas.
Clock is ticking
The Jays have until midnight Eastern time to come to terms with the players they selected in the June free agent draft. At the top of the list is their No. 1 pick, right-hander Tyler Beede, who is using a threat of committing to Vanderbilt University as leverage.
On Saturday, a published report suggested Beede was leaning to Vanderbilt. The Jays likely will make one last offer and if he doesn’t sign, they will move on.
“I never get into the specifics of contract negotiations,” GM Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday. “Obviously, you’re hopeful, optimistic. But I think we’re also realistic, as well, that there are no guarantees you sign any of these players.”
The Jays did sign their third-round pick, right-hander John Stilson, giving him a $500,000 US signing bonus. At Texas A&M this spring, Stilson was 5-2 with a 1.68 ERA in 15 games.