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Davis, Encarnacion both back in action

The Sports Xchange

--OF Rajai Davis was back in left field for Friday's game in Atlanta after missing Thursday's game in Chicago with a jammed left middle finger. Davis, who injured the finger while sliding Wednesday, could have entered Thursday's game but did not. "(Trainer) George Poulis got him to the point where if we took the lead late, he would have been on defense in the ninth inning," Farrell said. "So he's good to go (Friday)." Davis went 1-for-3 with an intentional walk and two stolen bases in the series opener against the Braves.

--DH Edwin Encarnacion was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs while making his 17th start of the season at first base Friday. Encarnacion missed three games after being hit in the right hand Sunday by a pitch from Red Sox RHP Daniel Bard. "He needed the three days down while we were in Chicago, and with each day that he missed, the swelling continued to reduce, the strength continued to come back," manager John Farrell said.

--RHP Kyle Drabek started Friday and did not factor in the decision in Atlanta's 4-3, 10-inning win. He also had his first major league plate appearances and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Blue Jays pitchers were a combined 2-for-26 in interleague play last season. "We look at it like, if we're in a situation where they've got to execute a sacrifice bunt, anything above and beyond that, we'll take it as a plus," manager John Farrell said. "This is a different style of game than we're used to. Running the bases, all those things are part of their role as we get into National League parks." Drabek allowed three runs in five innings plus two batters. He walked four, including one with the bases loaded.

--CF Colby Rasmus was 0-for-5 Friday at Atlanta after going 7-for-14 in the first three games of the trip in Chicago. Since going 5-for-5 against the White Sox on Tuesday, Rasmus is 2-for-14 over the next three games, including Friday.

--RF Jose Bautista hit his 16th home run of the season in the sixth inning Friday. Bautista is on a seven-game hitting streak in June with one hit in each game, including four home runs. He is batting .269 (7-for-26) in those games with nine RBI and five walks after going 1-for-4 with a walk Friday.

3-11 -- The Blue Jays' record in one-run games this season after they lost 4-3 to Atlanta in 10 innings Friday.

"When he's in the strike zone, he's got as good stuff as anybody on our staff, with the life and the assortment of pitches. But as we've seen, it's the overall strike-throwing and the consistency of it that will be key." -- Manager John Farrell, on RHP Kyle Drabek, who threw only 56 strikes in 105 pitches in his no-decision Friday.

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