Encarnacion, Bautista are Jays' Murderers' Row

Jose Bautista at batting practice on Monday. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Jose Bautista at batting practice on Monday. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

TORONTO - It has almost gotten lost in all the noise: How somewhere between R.A. Dickey’s bouncing knuckleball, Jose Reyes’ speed, John Gibbons’ folksiness and all of Alex Anthopoulos’ new toys, the Blue Jays return again with their own version of Murderer’s Row.

First time together in defined places for a full season of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

If Bautista and Encarnacion aren’t the best 3-4 hitters in all of baseball, they are certainly close. Maybe Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit are better. Maybe the new combination of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in Anaheim will be better.

Maybe.

“I don’t put us anywhere,” said Encarnacion, sitting at his clubhouse locker relaxed on the afternoon before opening night. “I don’t rate who’s who. I don’t care about the other teams and the other three and four hitters. That’s not my worry.

“I know about me and Bautista and the team we have. We’re going to have a great year."


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