Jays' Bautista stuck in the shadows

Alex Gordon of the Royals checks on Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, who hurt his leg sliding into third...

Alex Gordon of the Royals checks on Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, who hurt his leg sliding into third base during the second inning Sunday at the Rogers Centre. (Michael Peake, Toronto Sun)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:01 PM ET

When you have Edwin Encarnacion smashing balls over the left-field fence like he’s taking batting practice at Queensway Park and Mark Buehrle picking up wins like a modern-day Old Hoss Radbourn, everyone else tends to get overlooked.

 

It’s been sort of that case with Jose Bautista this season.

Of course, nobody in Toronto ever really overlooks the four-time all-star and home run king but, with the way Buehrle has been pitching — improving his record to 10-1 with a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday — and the way Encarnacion has been parking home runs — belting his 19th of the season off Aaron Crow in the eighth — Bautista’s hot start has been somewhat taken for granted this spring, given the fact that he’s been arguably the best player in the AL.

“Bautista’s been the constant all year from Day 1,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, following Sunday’s win, which improved Toronto’s record to 34-24. “We had a couple of slow starts from ot


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