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Jose Bautista is back in the lineup (again)

Apr 19, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista hits a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri Reuters

It’s been a tough start to the 2013 season for Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. He missed a few games in the first week with an ankle sprain, and missed the entirety of his team’s recently-completed four-game series against the White Sox due to back spasms.

Much to the delight of Jays fans, Bautista is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees, batting third as the designated hitter. Though the slugger has three home runs to his credit, he is hitting a paltry .200 with no multi-hit games thus far.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Good to see him back. He showed his usual patience at the plate and took a walk in his first at back.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      And just hit a ball to the moon as well. holy crap

      • bigharold - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        “Much to the delight of Jays fans, Bautista is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees,”

        Well I’m glad somebody is delighted. We here on the Death Star, .. nor so much.

      • bigharold - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        … not so much.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Sorry on your loss, PC

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        Losing Brett Anderson from my Fantasy team is a minor loss, I have already replaced him with Wade Davis.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      It didnt matter proudly, another jays pitcher HAMMERED!! The Ship is Sinking son!!! Enjoy your 10th loss of the season already!! hahahahaha bye bye jays

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        The chimp guys really MUST adjust your medication, eh?

  2. drewzducks - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    And yet another loss by the greatest team that never was. If they only had a real manager.

  3. badintent - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    He ‘s back but so are the Yankee bats. 9-4. Overbay and Wells homer in their first game as Yankees vs. Jays. Karma.

  4. slclions - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Gibby just isn’t managing right now. He cost us a chance to tie it up Tuesday (subbing Bonifacio too early and not having any speed to pinch run for Lind) and again tonight stopped any chance we have to start a rally in the 7th (not subbing Bonifacio to run for JP after his hit to start the inning)

    Bonifacio should not be batting or playing in the field right now. Use him as a pinch RUNNER and let him us his speed.

    While I understand he cant hit or pitch for the team, Gibby has to put the guys in a position to be successful. So far he hasn’t.

    • jaysjunkie - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      Attributing any blame to last night’s loss on Gibbons’ managing decisions is a pretty major stretch.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Dont worry Gibbons will be long gone after the end of the year, his seat is so hot right now he cant even sit down in the dugout!!

  5. slclions - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    @jaysjunkie…im not saying we lost the game yesterday becaise of Gibby. he cant prevent JP from botching Rasmus’ throw or prevent Morrow from give up HRs but he could of started something in the 7th with no out and didnt try. We were down 9-3, its going to be hard to come back but Gibby didnt even try…

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Oh that jays defense is pretty pathetic too isn’t it? You gotta love it!! I know i do

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