Bautista hits 24th HR, Blue Jays beat Red Sox 9-5
The Boston Red Sox slugger might have a point.
“(Bautista) should be there because he’s a home run hitter and he’s swinging the bat really good,” Ortiz said. “I think he’s definitely got to be in.”
The final two spots in Monday’s derby went to New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher(notes) and Arizona’s Chris Young on Saturday. But rather than force Bautista to watch from the sidelines, Ortiz thinks Major League Baseball’s decision makers “have to put him in.”
“I was surprised he wasn’t in it but I thought it was because the Blue Jays didn’t want him to go,” Ortiz said. “I talked to him (Friday) and he told me was ready to go, he just wasn’t invited. I was like, ‘What?’ There’s still time, there’s still time for them to put him back in.”
Bautista, whose previous career best was 16 home runs, is surprised he hasn’t been asked to participate.
“A little bit, but it’s nothing I can control,” he said. “I just have to sit here and wait. We’ll see what happens.”
The Blue Jays, who lead the majors with 135 homers, extended their streak of multihomer games to seven and have hit 20 home runs during that span. The club record for consecutive multihomer games is eight, set June 17-25, 2000.
“Command was kind of a struggle for him from the very beginning,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
J.D. Drew’s(notes) bases-loaded walk gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the first, but Toronto scored three in the bottom half. Gonzalez hit an RBI double, Lind singled home a run and Aaron Hill(notes) drove in the third with a fielder’s choice.
Toronto tied it in the fourth when Gonzalez drilled a two-run homer to left, his 17th.
“That’s kind of the way things have been going for me,” Lackey said.
Lind added some insurance with a two-out drive to left off Dustin Richardson(notes) in the sixth, his 12th, and Bautista capped it with a two-out shot to left in the eighth against Ramon Ramirez(notes).
Francona and outfielder Mike Cameron(notes) were ejected for arguing with plate umpire Jeff Kellogg after Cameron struck out looking in the seventh. It was Francona’s second ejection this season and the 28th of his managerial career.
Cameron, who had returned to the dugout, was ejected for the first time this year and described it as “kind of weak.”
“We had a disagreement,” Cameron said. “It seemed like everybody on our team had a disagreement today.”
NOTES: Injured OF Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) (ribs), who rejoined the Red Sox on Friday after being away from the team for more than a month while he rehabbed in Phoenix, lifted weights and hit in the cage before the game. He’ll do the same Sunday before heading to Boston’s spring training facility in Florida on Monday. … Boston had won seven straight games in Toronto, dating to last season. … Blue Jays RHP Shaun Marcum(notes) (sore elbow) will throw a side session Sunday, manager Cito Gaston said. … Toronto LHP Scott Downs(notes) (stiff neck) was not available but could pitch Sunday, Gaston said.