Bautista homers as Blue Jays beat Rays split-squad 6-1
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Jose Bautista hit his first spring homer and Aaron Sanchez tossed four scoreless innings, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over a Tampa Bay Rays split-squad on Sunday.
Playing in his second game of the spring, Bautista drove an inside fastball from prospect Taylor Guerrieri off a light pole beyond the left-field fence for a three-run shot in the third.
Bautista was 0 for 1 with a strikeout, walk and hit-by-pitch in his spring debut on Thursday against the Yankees. The six-time All-Star outfielder sat out the first nine exhibition games to get additional workout time.
Sanchez, in the mix for a spot in the rotation, yielded a leadoff double to Brandon Guyer in the first before retiring 11 straight. The 23-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out four.
Tampa Bay's Kyle Roller drove in Nick Franklin with an RBI double off Gavin Floyd in the fifth.