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Bautista has another hit, Blue jays win


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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Jose Bautista extended his torrid spring training with a double and Esmil Rogers gave up just one run in five innings Thursday as the Blue Jays beat a Philadelphia Phillies' split squad 3-1.

Bautista went 1 for 3, and is hitting .359 with five homers, four doubles and 11 RBIs. Erik Kratz homered twice and was 3 for 3, and Moises Sierra also connected for Toronto.

Phillies starter David Buchanan gave up two of the homers but was sharp otherwise. Buchanan, who has a decent shot to make the team, gave up the two runs and struck out six in four innings. Buchanan started six games in Triple-A last year.

Tony Gwynn Jr. went 2 for 2 with a double, a run and a walk. Chase Utley drove in Gwynn with a first-inning double for the Phillies' only run.

STARTING TIME

Blue Jays: Esmil Rogers enjoyed his finest outing of the spring, allowing just one run over 4 2-3 innings.

Rogers is unlikely to make the Blue Jays' rotation, but could land a spot on the opening-day roster as a long bullpen arm. He has a 5.27 ERA this spring.

''It doesn't matter where I'm going to be I just want to help the team win,'' Rogers said. ''It doesn't matter if it's in the bullpen or as a starter. Right now, they gave me an opportunity to compete for a spot so I'm going to do my best.''

Phillies: Buchanan, 25, is in his first major league spring training camp, and looks to have a solid shot to either join the Phillies' hurting rotation or nab a spot in the bullpen as a long reliever.

Buchanan's runs came on back-to-back homers in the second inning.

''I was impressed with his composure,'' Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. ''He had a couple of balls that were connected on, one was an 0-2 breaking pitch, he kept his composure, actually came inside on a couple of hitters after that to keep them honest. I thought he rebounded well there to minimize.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Darin Ruf was scratched from the Phillies' split-squad lineup in Kissimmee, Fla., after straining his left oblique during batting practice. He will visit with team doctors Saturday.

The injury will likely cause Ruf, a leading candidate for a bench job, to miss opening day.

''He's a guy competing, obviously, with what he's doing and his ability, his right-handed bat, he's competing for a bench job,'' Sandberg said. ''We'll see what that means.''

Ruf is hitting .217 this spring with two homers and seven RBIs.

GWYNN IMPRESSING

Tony Gwynn Jr., who signed a minor league deal with the Phillies this winter, is making a good impression on Phillies coaches this spring.

Gwynn went 2 for 3 Thursday. He's hitting .346 and provides crucial depth for a team thin on outfielders. It's a strong possibility Gwynn begins the season on the 25-man roster.

''He's a bright spot,'' Sandberg said. ''His defense, his at-bats, his base running, are quality.''

PICK UP

The Blue Jays have claimed outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make room on the 40-man roster, they cut left-hander Luis Perez.

Tuiasosopo appeared in 16 games this spring for the Diamondbacks, hitting .118 with six RBIs in 34 at-bats. He hit .244 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 81 games last year for Detroit.

 
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Toronto

E. Kratz
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Philadelphia

T. Gwynn
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3010112 .245
   Jonathan Diaz, SS0000000 .077
Melky Cabrera, LF-CF4010011 .408
   Kevin Pillar, PR-CF0000000 .172
Jose Bautista, RF3010111 .359
   Dan Johnson, 1B0000000 .360
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4010012 .304
   Jared Goedert, PR-3B0000000 .158
Moises Sierra, CF3111010 .243
   Dustin McGowan, P1000011 .000
   Bobby Korecky, P0000000 .000
Erik Kratz, C3232000 .455
Ryan Goins, 2B3000101 .196
Munenori Kawasaki, 3B2000000 .235
   Steve Tolleson, 3B-LF1010100 .273
Esmil Rogers, P2000010 .000
   Richard Bleier, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Gose, CF0000000 .231
   a-Brad Glenn, PH-LF-RF2000023 .429
Totals3139349  
a-struck out for Gose in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (4, Buchanan)
HR - Moises Sierra (1, Buchanan), Erik Kratz 2 (2, Buchanan)
RBI - Moises Sierra (2), Erik Kratz 2 (5)
CS - Jose Reyes (2, 2nd base by Buchanan/Ruiz), Jose Bautista (2, 2nd base by Aumont/Ruiz), Steve Tolleson (2, 2nd base by Hollands/Valle)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 2
E - Steve Tolleson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Esmil Rogers (W,1-1) 4.2511160 5.27
Richard Bleier (H,1) 0.1100010 0.00
Dustin McGowan (H,2) 3100050 3.86
Bobby Korecky (S,1) 1000010 0.00
WP - Dustin McGowan (1)
HBP - Utley (by Esmil Rogers)
Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 34-29, Richard Bleier 4-4, Dustin McGowan 22-21, Bobby Korecky 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 5-1, Dustin McGowan 3-2, Bobby Korecky 2-0
Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 19, Richard Bleier 2, Dustin McGowan 11, Bobby Korecky 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS3010000 .138
   a-Troy Hanzawa, PH-SS1000012 .000
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3120102 .346
Chase Utley, 2B2011012 .184
   Leandro Castro, LF1000000 .111
Marlon Byrd, RF3000013 .316
   Clete Thomas, RF1000000 .188
Carlos Ruiz, C3010021 .290
   Mario Hollands, P1000010 .000
Kevin Frandsen, 1B-2B4000020 .182
John Mayberry Jr., LF-1B4010020 .265
Maikel Franco, 3B4000010 .184
David Buchanan, P10100001.000
   Phillippe Aumont, P1000010 .000
   Sebastian Valle, C1000012 .000
Totals33171113  
a-struck out for Rollins in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (3, Rogers), Chase Utley (1, Rogers), John Mayberry Jr. (3, McGowan)
RBI - Chase Utley (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - John Mayberry Jr. 1
DP - Franco-Frandsen-Mayberry, Franco-Frandsen-Mayberry-Valle-Frandsen
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Buchanan (L,0-1) 4322162 2.70
Phillippe Aumont 2.1200300 3.48
Mario Hollands 2.2411031 1.86
HBP - Kratz (by David Buchanan)
Pitches-Strikes - David Buchanan 34-28, Phillippe Aumont 19-7, Mario Hollands 20-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Buchanan 4-1, Phillippe Aumont 2-3, Mario Hollands 2-1
Batters Faced - David Buchanan 16, Phillippe Aumont 10, Mario Hollands 10
Game Information
Attendance - 8673
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Spencer Flynn