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Bautista continues to lead Blue Jays

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If there were any questions about Jose Bautista, he has answered them eloquently with his performance.

He hit three more home runs on Sunday as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Twins with an 11-3 victory. He hit five home runs for the series and has 16 homers in 32 games this season as the Blue Jays improved to 20-20 with their fifth win in a row.

He led the majors last year with 54 homers as he emerged from relative obscurity as mostly a reserve player to become a player who has become the face of the franchise.

There were questions about whether he was a one-year wonder and he is proving that he is for real. It's hard to believe that he has missed eight games.

And those who knock him because he mostly pulls the ball -- a rather silly complaint if the hitter is successful -- could be satisfied that he hit two of his five home runs on the weekend to right field. He can hit. Period.

"You're witnessing the best Blue Jay -- ever," said first baseman Adam Lind, who has been out with a back injury. "He just doesn't swing at their (pitcher's) pitch, ever."

"I'm just up there doing the same thing that I've been doing, just trying to get ready on time, see the ball well and look for something over the plate and try to hit it hard," Bautista said. "I got plenty of pitches to do that this series."

Last season, Bautista didn't hit his 16th until May 30. His 16 homers in the season's first 40 games equals the club record set by Carlos Delgado in 2001.

"I guess this is one of the hottest streaks I've ever had in my life," Bautista said. "I'm seeing the ball well and connecting good so I hope I can keep it going for a while.

"It's ridiculous. I mean it feels like a dream right now and I sometimes can't really believe it myself. I'm just executing right now."

It is more than home runs. He has 27 RBIs, s batting .368 with an on-base percentage of .520 and an OPS of 1.388.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJustin Smoak , 1B.270
HRJustin Smoak , 1B38
RBIJustin Smoak , 1B90
OBPJustin Smoak , 1B.355
SLGJustin Smoak , 1B.529
RJose Bautista , RF92
SBKevin Pillar , CF15
WMarcus Stroman , SP13
ERAMarcus Stroman , SP3.09
WHIPMarcus Stroman , SP1.31
KMarco Estrada , SP176
SVRoberto Osuna , RP39

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