Blue Jays C Arencibia homers on first career pitch

Blue Jays rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer on

the first pitch of his major league career Saturday, hitting a

two-run shot to left off Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields.

A first-round pick in the 2007 draft, Arencibia was called up

from Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday after John Buck injured his right

thumb. Arencibia hit .303 with 31 homers and 79 RBIs in 95 games at


Edwin Encarnacion led off the second inning with a double and

Arencibia followed with a drive that bounced off the back wall of

the Blue Jays’ bullpen. He exchanged high fives with teammates and

manager Cito Gaston, and a hug with left-hander Ricky Romero when

he got back to the dugout.

The last Blue Jays player to homer in his first major league

at-bat was Junior Felix, who did it May 4, 1989, against the

California Angels.

Earlier this season, Boston outfielder Daniel Nava hit a grand

slam on the first pitch of his major league career.