Torrid spring for Bautista
CLEARWATER, Fla.—Jose Bautista extended his torrid spring training with a double while Esmil Rogers gave up just one run in five innings as the Blue Jays beat a Philadelphia Phillies’ split squad 3-1 yesterday.
Bautista went 1-for-3, and now is hitting .359 with five homers, four doubles, and 11 RBIs.
Phillies’ starter David Buchanan gave up two of the homers but was sharp otherwise.
Tony Gwynn Jr. went 2-for-2 with a double, a run, and a walk.
Chase Utley drove in Gwynn with a first-inning double for the Phillies’ only run.
Rogers, meanwhile, enjoyed his finest outing of the spring, allowing just one run over 4 2/3 innings.
Rogers is unlikely to make the Jays’ rotation but could land a spot on the opening-day roster as a long bullpen arm.
He has a 5.27 ERA this spring.
“It doesn’t matter where I’m going to be, I just want to help the team win,” Rogers stressed.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s in the bullpen or as a starter.
“Right now, they gave me an opportunity to compete for a spot so I’m going to do my best,” he added.
In other news, the Blue Jays claimed outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
To make room on the 40-man roster, they cut left-hander Luis Perez.
Tuiasosopo appeared in 16 games this spring for the Diamondbacks, hitting .118 with six RBIs in 34 at-bats.
He hit .244 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 81 games last season for Detroit.