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--SS Yunel Escobar batted fourth for Monday's game at Yankee Stadium and went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. Manager John Farrell said he liked the way Escobar matched up against Yankees RHP Bartolo Colon (2-for-3 in his career entering the game). Farrell is also trying to adjust his lineup to prevent teams from pitching around RF Jose Bautista, who homered in the first inning but was twice walked, once intentionally.

C J.P. Arencibia batted eighth, and after striking out twice, he hit a three-run double against Colon in the six-run sixth. He also had an RBI single in the eighth.

Escobar had batted first, second or third this season but not fourth until Monday. With Escobar fourth, CF Rajai Davis moved up to first for the first time since May 6. 2B Aaron Hill was dropped to sixth from fourth, and Edwin Encarnacion played third base and batted ninth.

"For the time being with Adam (Lind, who usually bats cleanup) still on the disabled list, we're in a little bit of a state of flux, and we fully recognize that," Farrell said. "What's become very apparent that we have to respond to is the way teams are approaching Jose. They're taking the bat out of his hands. From a strategy standpoint, they're not putting him in a position where he can affect the outcome of the game, particularly late in the game."

--1B Adam Lind (lower back) was eligible to come off the disabled list Monday but is rehabilitating at the Blue Jays' minor league complex in Dunedin, Fla. He began baseball-related activities last weekend, and he could be ready to be used as a DH in an extended spring training game Wednesday. He should rejoin the big-league team at some stage on the homestand that opens Thursday. "I think once he comes back, we'll continue to use Juan (Rivera) at first base to be sure that we gradually build the innings played under Adam's belt," manager John Farrell said. "We've got to balance the volume at first base."

Lind is batting .313 with seven home runs and 27 RBI.

--LHP Luis Perez, called up from Class AAA Las Vegas after Sunday's loss to Houston, made a scoreless appearance in Monday's game against the Yankees. He gave up a hit but retired two of the three men he faced. Perez had been starting in the minors, and he was 2-1 with a 4.54 ERA in six starts for Las Vegas. He made three relief appearances for the Blue Jays earlier this season, allowing three runs in three innings.

--C J.P. Arencibia drove in four runs with a three-run double and a single in Monday's 7-3 win over the Yankees. He has eight home runs this season, tops among major league rookies. After Monday's game, he has 23 RBI, third on the Blue Jays and second among big-league rookies. Rookie Washington 2B Danny Espinosa has 27 RBI.

--RHP Carlos Villanueva probably earned himself another start when he was superb over five innings in Monday's 7-3 win over the Yankees. Villanueva started because RHP Jesse Litsch was put on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement. Litsch was expected to miss at least two starts. Villanueva held New York to two hits, one walk and one run while striking out five. In one start and 13 relief appearances, he has an ERA of 1.53 and is 2-0. He has allowed 12 hits and 11 walks while striking out 26 in 29 1/3 innings this season.

--LHP Brett Cecil, who was sent to Class AAA Las Vegas after opening the season in the Toronto rotation, won his minor league start Monday. He allowed seven hits, three home runs and five runs (four earned) in seven innings. Cecil is 5-1 with a 5.84 ERA in six starts at Las Vegas, having allowed 11 home runs in 37 innings.

28 -- Career sacrifice bunts by SS Yunel Escobar after he put one down in the Toronto's six-run sixth inning Monday in a 7-3 win over the Yankees. He became the first Blue Jays No. 4 hitter to put down a sac bunt since Dave Winfield on Aug. 30, 1992. Escobar has had 10 sacrifice bunts for the Blue Jays since he was acquired in a trade last July, seven in 2010 and three in 2011.

"The sac bunt with your four-hole hitter is not your typical move, but it's something we feel like we've got to go with at this point and time." -- Manager John Farrell, on having SS Yunel Escobar put down a sacrifice bunt in the Blue Jays' six-run sixth inning Monday during a 7-3 win over the Yankees. The move came after RF Jose Bautista was walked intentionally after LF Corey Patterson's leadoff double. Farrell has been looking for ways to deal with teams pitching around Bautista, especially with regular cleanup hitter Adam Lind out due to a back injury.

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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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