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Bautista homers as Blue Jays beat Phillies 10-4
TORONTO 10, PHILADELPHIA 4
By KEN MANDEL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Josh Johnson will never complain about this
kind of run support.
Jose Bautista hit his sixth homer of the spring and the Toronto
Blue Jays rode their high-powered offense to a 10-4 drubbing of
the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
"It's something I can get used to," Johnson said.
Playing a lineup of regulars in their exhibition finale, the
Blue Jays jumped on Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick right
away. Bautista took the right-hander deep with two outs in the
first inning, and Toronto scored four times in the third -
highlighted by doubles from Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion.
"We're ready to go," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
"Everybody's excited. I think these two games here were good for
us. It's a lot like the regular season, in a big stadium with
big crowds. It helps rev things up a little bit."
A crowd of 40,811 came out to watch the Phillies finish their
exhibition schedule at 16-17-1, the same as Toronto. John
Mayberry Jr. homered for Philadelphia leading off the third, and
newcomer Michael Young had a two-run double.
Johnson, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Miami during the
offseason, allowed four runs and four hits in four innings for
the Blue Jays. He struck out two, walked two and finished with a
2.70 ERA in 20 spring innings.
The 29-year-old right-hander gave up all his runs Saturday in
"I was just rushing," he said. "Once I calmed myself down, I
made some pretty good pitches and got myself out of it. It was
good to get that one out of the way."
Last season, Johnson went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA in 31 starts for
the last-place Marlins.
Kendrick, slated to start Philadelphia's home opener on April 5,
gave up five runs and six hits in three innings. He had a 6.88
ERA in 17 innings this spring.
"I felt good," said Kendrick, the team's No. 4 starter. "My arm
feels good. My body feels good. Today, the results obviously
weren't there. I fell behind in some counts and gave up some
runs. The good thing is they don't count. I'll be ready to go."
Toronto also appears ready to go after an aggressive winter in
which the club emerged as a top contender in the AL East. The
Blue Jays acquired a four-time All-Star in Reyes, revamped their
pitching staff by adding R.A. Dickey, Johnson and Mark Buehrle,
and signed outfielder in Melky Cabrera, who was leading the NL
with a .346 batting average last year before he was suspended
for a positive drug test.
Dickey, the NL Cy Young Award winner, will start the season
opener Tuesday against Justin Masterson and the Cleveland
"We're a deep team and have everything it takes to do it,"
Johnson said. "Now we have to go out and do it. I've been
waiting for this moment for a while. It's going to be fun."
The Phillies open the regular season Monday night in Atlanta,
with Cole Hamels facing Tim Hudson. The 2008 World Series
champions, the Phillies were riddled with injuries last season
and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
"There's been a lot of talk of underdog role, but we have
experienced winning and being an underdog," first baseman Ryan
Howard said. "A lot of that is all talk. Not to take anything
away from the
(Washington) Nationals. Those guys had a great season last year.
They won the division, but that's why we've got to go out there
and play the games. It's not 2012 anymore, it's 2013."
NOTES: The Phillies set their opening day roster before the
game. Humberto Quintero beat out Steven Lerud for the backup
catcher's job, and LHP Raul Valdes secured the final spot in a
three-lefty bullpen. ... For the second straight game, pitchers
Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels assisted the Phillie Phanatic in
launching hot dogs into the stands. ... Toronto closer Casey
Janssen and left-handed reliever Darren Oliver stayed in
Dunedin, Fla., to pitch against minor leaguers. They'll rejoin
the team for Monday's workout at Rogers Centre. ... Johnson is
scheduled to make his first regular-season start Friday against
the Boston Red Sox. ... Encarnacion double twice and drove in a
pair of runs.
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