Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tommy Joseph Thrills Locals in Scottsdale as Giants Pound Brewers, 13-3; Jose Bautista Belts a Pair for Blue Jays

MLB Players of the Day for Saturday, March 10, 2012

Grapefruit League

Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista is picking up right where he left off last season, banging a pair of homers and driving in three runs in three at-bats in Toronto's 5-3 win over Houston, before 2,815 spectators at the Blue Jays Spring training home in Dunedin, Florida.

Bautista connected for a two-run blast - his first bomb of the Spring - off Astro starter Zack Duke in the third inning and sent the first pitch he saw from right-hander Jordan Lyles over the 400-foot sign in right center field in the fifth.

In 2011, Bautista slammed 43 homers to lead the American League for the second straight season, driving in 103 runs for the Jays. The slugging right-fielder had 54 in 2010 with 124 RBI.

Cactus League

Tommy Joseph
San Francisco pounded six Milwaukee pitchers for 16 hits in a 13-3 shellacking Saturday in front of 11,834 fans at the Giants' Spring home in Scottsdale, AZ.

Barry Zito worked three scoreless innings for his second win of the exhibition season, and promising rookie prospect Tommy Joseph belted a pair of home runs, driving in four runs in three at-bats.

Joseph, who has never played in a major league game, is batting .444 (4-for-9) in four games thus far and has driven in six runs. Having played high school ball in Scottsdale, 21-year-old Joseph thrilled the locals with his performance on Saturday. He played with Class A Advanced San Jose last season, ripping 22 home runs and 95 RBI while being named to California League postseason All-Star team.

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