Tuesday, March 26, 2013

J.P. Arencibia Busts Out for Blue Jays: 2 HR, 5 RBI; Jesus Montero Slams with 6 RBI in Seattle Rout

Players of the Day for Monday, March 25, 2013

Grapefruit League

In their 13-4 win over the Phillies, Toronto banged out 15 hits, 14 of them off Philadelphia starter, John Lannan, who worked four painful innings, allowing all but one of the Blue Jay runs.

J.P. Arencibia, batting in the cleanup spot behind slugging Jose Bautista, got a good look at some fat pitches, going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of homers (a three-run blast and a two-run job), driving in five runs and scoring three times.

The regular catcher for Toronto the past two seasons, Arencibia hasn't hit well for average, but he fits the power-packed profile of the Blue Jays. He had 23 homers and 78 RBI in 2011; in 102 games in 2012, he scoked 18 with 56 ribbies.

The win got the Jays closer to the .500 mark, at 12-16, but still behind the 13-15 Phillies.

Cactus League

3-3, GS, 6RBI
Jesus Montero went 3-for-3 with a grand slam homer and six RBI as the Seattle Mariners hammered Homer Bailey in a 16-0 pounding of the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Bailey lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and a pair of walks.

The Mariners scored three in the first, three in the second, four in the fourth and five in the fifth. For good measure, they added another run in the top of the ninth.

Montero's slam was just his second of the season, and the six RBI upped his total to 10. He's batting .401 in 16 exhibition games this Spring.

The Yankees swapped Montero over to the Mariners after the 2011 season. He played in 135 games for the Mariners in 2012, batting .260 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI as a true rookie. This season is shaping up to be a breakout year for the Seattle catcher, who has a brother by the same name in the St. Louis organization.

The Seattle victory, though magnificent, didn't touch Kansas City's 3 1/2 game bulge in the Cactus League. The Royals topped the Dodgers, 8-2, for their fifth straight win.

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