Tellez went 2-for-5 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the Red Sox. He took Heath Hembree deep in the 12th inning, matching Mookie Betts' shot in the top of the frame and keeping the Jays alive, but none of his teammates were able to respond to Michael Chavis' solo homer in the 13th. Tellez has gone yard three times in the last two games, and while his .254/.310/.486 slash line remains sluggish, he's supplying strong power numbers with nine home runs and 25 RBI through 42 games in his first full season in the majors.
Tellez went 2-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in a 10-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday. While he does have eight homers, this was his first home run since May 1. Tuesday marked the first time he's gone deep twice in a game this season. Tellez had just a .382 slugging percentage this month prior to Tuesday night, but the pair of long balls raised his May slugging percentage about 100 points. Overall, he is batting .248 with 14 extra-base hits, 24 RBI and 17 runs in 137 at-bats.
Tellez is not starting Monday against Boston. Tellez is hitting .273 in the month of May but has just four extra-base hits and three walks, giving him a .692 OPS. Justin Smoak starts at first base Monday, with Danny Jansen serving as the designated hitter.
Tellez is not in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox. Tellez will take a seat for Thursday's series opener against the White Sox while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gets a turn at designated hitter. Since the beginning of May, Tellez is hitting .267/.298/.400 with a homer and a 34 percent strikeout rate in 12 games.
Tellez isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Giants. The Blue Jays are playing in a National League park for the next two days, so Tellez will bow out of the starting nine with no designated hitter slot available.
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