This time, A.J. won’t soon forget Bautista
BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 1
A.J. Burnett and Jose Bautista were teammates for a few weeks at the end of the 2008 baseball season. Back then, Bautista probably did not make much of an impression on the rich right-hander, who already was plotting his getaway to even greener pastures.
Bautista had only just begun as a Toronto Blue Jay. His work was hardly memorable: a .214 average and three homers in 21 games.
On Friday night, though, the new, improved Bautista gave Burnett something to remember him by. Major-league baseball’s current homerun leader touched Burnett for two more in the Jays’ 6-1 victory against the New York Yankees. Bautista, whose previous season-high was 16 homers, now has 18. His power display supported another session of solid pitching by Brett Cecil (6-2) and delighted Jays fans in a crowd of 30,089 paying customers, many of whom came to cheer the Yankees.
“I believe all these guys, coming out of spring training, no matter where people picked us to finish … I think they all felt like, ‘Hey, we can compete,’ ’’ Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said.
Cecil allowed just five hits over eight innings on the way to his team-leading sixth victory. Burnett (6-3) allowed six runs and six hits in six innings, while walking four batters and striking out only two.
ORIOLES FIRE TREMBLEY
The Baltimore Orioles, off to their worst start in more than two decades and sitting at the bottom of the major-league standings, fired manager Dave Trembley on Friday.
Trembley, a former Ottawa Lynx manager who had a 187-283 record since being hired as the Orioles’ manager in June 2007, will be replaced on an interim basis by the team’s third-base coach, Juan Samuel.
The Orioles’ 15-39 start to the season was the franchise’s worst start since the 1988 team opened with 21 consecutive losses.
I’M NOT THAT JIM JOYCE!!!
A Toledo, Ohio, man had to turn off his phone service because he shares the same name with the umpire who blew a call that cost a Detroit pitcher a perfect game.
The Toledo man says the harassing calls started not long after the bad call on Wednesday night, and some were vulgar.
Jim Joyce, who is a Tigers fan, told WTOL-TV the confusion came about because umpire Jim Joyce grew up in Toledo and graduated from high school in the city, about 50 miles south of Detroit. Joyce says he received at least 40 irate calls and someone even posted his name, address and phone number on Facebook.