This time, A.J. won’t soon for­get Bautista

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -


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.


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.


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.

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