Beaches, Bautista & belated lineups
Before it’s all said and done, Gaston would like to do a tour around Europe, see Australia and New Zealand, and visit South Africa.
First things first, though, Gaston’s heading to Hawaii in October. While baseball is throwing its annual postseason party, Gaston is going to be kicking back on a beach with some good friends.
“I’m taking Geno and Nick Leyva to Hawaii,” Gaston said, “just to show them my appreciation for what they did for me over these years I’ve had them around, and my gratitude for what they’ve done for me.”
Leyva is currently Gaston’s bench coach and he’s worked on the Jays staff under the manager since 2008, and previously from 1993-97. “Geno” is Gene Tenace, who worked as Gaston’s hitting coach in the 2008-09 seasons, and also was a part of Toronto’s staff from 1990-97 with Gaston.
NO. 49: Jose Bautista was fortunate that his 48th home run — one that set the Blue Jays franchise record for homers in one season — did not leave Fenway Park on Friday night. It fell a few feet short, a fan threw it back and Bautista had it in hand shortly after reaching the dougout after his home run trot.
No such luck on Saturday.
In the first inning, Bautista drilled a 1-1 pitch from Boston’s Josh Beckett, sending it towering over the Green Monster and bouncing down Lansdowne Street. That marked Bautista’s 49th of the year and his eighth against the Red Sox, marking his most against any one team this season.
TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY
at 7:10 p.m. ET, Fenway Park
BLUE JAYS (74-73, 15.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, 3B
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Adam Lind, DH
7. John McDonald, 2B
8. Jose Molina, C
9. Travis Snider, RF
Pitching: Ricky Romero (12-9, 3.72)
RED SOX (82-65, 7.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Marco Scutaro, 2B
2. Darnell McDonald, CF
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Jed Lowrie, SS
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Bill Hall, LF
9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Pitching: Josh Beckett (5-4, 5.83)