Friday, March 20, 2015

Devon Travis Guides Blue Jays over Boston; Nolan Arendao Blasts Pair of Homers in Rockies' 13-2 Rout of Royals

Players of the Day for Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grapefruit League

Devon Travis
Over the past three seasons, Jose Bautista has been one of the more productive hitters in either league, so it came as a surprise to nobody when he unleashed a massive solo homer in Toronto's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox. Boston fell to 9-7.

The Bautista blast - his third of the Spring season - and Devon Travis' two doubles and two RBI were key to the Blue Jays getting their ninth win against eight losses.

Travis spent 2013 in A ball, where he hit .351 with 16 home runs and 76 RBI. Last year, he moved up to AA and played in the Eastern League, batting .298 with 10 long balls and 52 RBI. He has never played in a major league game, though, from the looks of things, he may get his chance this season.
Nolan Arenado

Thus far in Spring training, Travis is 11-for-32 (.344) with five RBI, and he's getting an extended look at second base by Toronto's coaches.

Cactus League

With a 10-1 start in the Cactus League, the Kansas City Royals shot to first place like a missile, but recently have come back to earth, losing five of their last six, the latest pain being inflicted by the Colorado Rockies, who hammered out 17 hits in a 13-2 beat-down on Thursday.

The loss dropped the Royals to 11-6, and into a three-way tie for first place with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. 8-7 Colorado is in with a bunch of teams, two games back.

Doing a rash of damage offensively was Nolan Arenado, who belted a pair of home runs off Royals' starter Jose Vargas, as the Rockies posted two runs in the first and rang up seven in the second inning.

Arenado finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .345 and Rockies fans are loving the look at third base.

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