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Jose Bautista is back in the Blue Jays’ lineup

Jul 1, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Jose Bautista AP AP

Out of the starting lineup since June 22 with a hamstring injury, Jose Bautista is starting at designated hitter for the Blue Jays this afternoon against the Brewers.

Bautista appeared as a pinch-hitter Sunday, but manager John Gibbons still wants to play it a little safe by keeping him out of right field for at least one more day. That means usual designated hitter Adam Lind will sit versus Marco Estrada despite batting .378 off right-handed pitchers this season.

Bautista is leading the American League in All-Star votes with nearly five million and also leads the league in walks and on-base percentage while hitting .304 with 15 homers and a .956 OPS in 78 games.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Very good news.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      P. S. July 1 is Canada Day.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        July 2nd is our “Day of Deliverance.” BTW, it took you long enough to join us in freeing yourselves from the Anglo horde. Y’all are too nice.

  2. paint771 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    And first at-bat: hits a home run.

  3. Shayna - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I don’t know where else to post this, but if you want to hear a beautiful version of the US anthem, find the video of the Canadian soldier who sang the anthems at the Dome today. His “O, Canada” was (you should pardon the expression!) serviceable, but his “Stars and Stripes” was genuinely lovely. No melismatics, no showing off, just a tuneful version with respect and feeling for the words.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      I did not see the game; however I believe that I have heard that singer perform before several games. I think that he is both a professional singer and an officer in the Army Reserve.

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