Toronto rookie Aaron Hill has made a good impression on the Blue Jays.
Hill looks to stay hot at the plate as the Blue Jays resume their four-game series with the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre.
Hill hit his first major league homer in the first inning of Toronto’s 11-2 win over Baltimore in Monday’s series opener. He went 4-for-4 with a walk and his first stolen base, establishing a career high for hits and raising his batting average to .382.
Hill is hitting 15-for-21 (.714) over his last five games. The left-handed hitting Hill has been splitting time with right-hander John McDonald, but manager John Gibbons said that he plans to start playing Hill against left-handed starters as well.
“I think it’s time we push him a little bit. He’s the future,” Gibbons said. “Mac will still get some playing time, he’ll face certain lefties, but I think we need to find out about Russ, get him in there against some lefties.”
Wells entered the game hitting just .220 with runners in scoring position.
“Vernon’s a pretty easy going guy. Of course, he gets in there for his first at-bat and jumps on the first pitch he sees and hits it out of the park,” Lilly said. “That’s the Vernon I know, right there.”
Eli Marrero homered for the Orioles, who had won five of six. Baltimore managed only three hits, matching their season low.