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
Earlier this season, Boston outfielder Daniel Nava hit a grand
slam on the first pitch of his major league career.