by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista went 4 for 4 with two homers and four RBI Wednesday against Tampa Bay. His RBI single in the bottom of the 10th won the game after his solo homer in the ninth tied it and sent it to extras. He added an RBI single in the first inning and also homered in the fourth off starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Bautista, who has 11 homers and 27 RBI, added a walk and is batting .275. The 32-year-old has four homers in his last eight games, though they have come in two multi-HR efforts.
Jose Bautista posts solid offensive effort
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista had a solid game on Wednesday during an 11-3 drubbing of the Giants. Bautista went 2 for 5 with two RBI.
The outfielder drove in a run in the second inning with an RBI single to center. He added an RBI double in the third. Bautista scored twice and is batting .262.
Bautista has recorded two hits in four straight games and is 8 for 15 (.533) over that stretch with two homers, seven runs and five RBI. He's up to nine homers and 22 RBI with 23 runs.
Jose Bautista nets 18th career multi-HR game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista had his 18th career multi-homer game in Sunday's 12-4 win over the Red Sox. Bautista's first home run was a solo shot off Ryan Dempster leading off the third inning and he added a two-run shot off Clayton Mortensen in the sixth.
Bautista, who has nine homers, scored three times and walked once. Bautista is batting .295 (18 for 61) with five home runs, five doubles and 12 RBI in his last 18 games.
Jose Bautista moved up to second in order
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista took a turn batting second on Saturday in Boston. Bautista went 0 for 3 Friday to lower his average to .224.
Bautista, who has seven homers and 17 RBI, but also has struck out 25 times over 107 at-bats, entered Saturday's game with 320 career at-bats in the No. 2 spot. That is his fourth-most frequent spot in the batting order, but he hasn't hit that high since 2010.
Jose Bautista has first multi-hit game
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista had his first mulit-hit game of the year Monday against the Rays. Bautista singled in the first and seventh innings and added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the eighth that made the score 7-6.
He finished 2 for 3 with a RBI and a walk in the 8-7 win.
Bautista has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games and is batting .323 ( 10 for 31) with two home runs and five RBI over that span.
Jose Bautista will remain in right field
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday he's no longer considering playing Brett Lawrie at second base and Jose Bautista at third base. The Blue Jays were considering such a move when Lawrie was about to come off the disabled list in mid-April.
Bautista hasn't played third base since doing so over a two-game span from April 13-14. He's played the last nine games at his primary position in right field. Bautista hit .200 in 20 April games, but he finished the month with three home runs in his last six games.
Don't worry about Jose Bautista's average
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) We have come to accept the reality that Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is going to struggle with his batting average. Though his strikeout rate is not absurdly high, he has had below average batting averages in three of the last four years, thanks to consistently poor batting averages on balls in play. That being said, his struggles this season are getting ridiculous.
Bautista has seven home runs and nine walks in 78 plate appearances, so it's not like he's making weak contact or seeing the ball poorly. Despite that, Bautista has an ugly .188 batting average and an even uglier BABIP of .133. Even for a player who has had BABIP's of .215 and .233 in two of the last three seasons and holds a pedestrian .268 mark for his career, you have to expect more from Bautista.
Fantasy owners are obviously happy with Bautista's power production, but it would be nice to see him not kill your average every week. Given some regression to the mean, I think that is a trend we will see begin to reverse.
Jose Bautista hits seventh homer
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista scored a run for the fifth straight game Saturday against the Yankees. He scored after hitting a solo home run off starter CC Sabathia in the fourth inning. Bautista was 1 for 4 in the 5-4 loss.
He nearly homered again in the eighth, but center fielder Brett Gardner caught the ball at the top of the wall.
Bautista is batting .188 with seven homers and 11 RBI.
Jose Bautista still below Mendoza Line
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista led off the fifth inning Wednesday at Baltimore with a solo home run off Josh Stinson. Bautista was the fourth Toronto batter to hit a home run off Stinson.
Bautista's fifth home run ending up being his only hit in five at-bats. Bautista remains under the Mendoza Line, hitting .190 through 15 games.
Jose Bautista back in right field
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista started in right field Sunday against the Yankees -- a day earlier than expected after he returned from back spasms, MLB.com reports.
Bautista, who missed four games earlier in the week, returned to the lineup Friday and Saturday as the designated hitter.
The 32-year-old Bautista is batting .214 but homered in his return to the lineup Friday. He's smashed four homers with eight RBI after 43 at-bats.
Jose Bautista lifts off in return
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (back) returned to the starting lineup in a big way with his fourth home run of the season Friday against the Yankees.
Bautista, who served as the designated hitter, took starter Andy Pettitte deep for a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He finished 1 for 3 with two RBI and a walk in a 9-4 loss. Bautista is hitting .211/.302/.553 with four homer runs and eight RBI in 38 at-bats.
The 32-year-old is expected to be available for the entire series against New York.
"He's a huge part of this team," manager John Gibbons said before the game. "He's our top dog in the middle of the lineup. It's a totally different look when he's not in there. If we're going to do anything, we need everybody, if we're going to do anything this year we need him to be at his best. We're sure glad to have him back."
Jose Bautista back in Jays' lineup
by Gary Parrish | College Basketball Insider (4/19/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (back) returned to the starting lineup as the designated hitter for Friday's series opener against the Yankees. Bautista, who has three homers amid his seven hits this season, missed the past four games because of a back issue.
Jose Bautista not in Blue Jays' lineup
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is again not in the starting lineup.
Thursday marks the fourth-staight game Bautista has missed with a tender back. He's also been dealing with an inner ear infection, which may also be keeping him out. Brett Lawrie will start at third in Bautista's absence.
Jose Bautista not ready to start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista did not return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, missing a third straight start because of a back injury. Bautista is batting .200 (7 for 35) with three homers and six RBI through nine games.
Manager John Gibbons said Bautista was unlikely to pinch hit because he hasn't swung a bat in two days.
Jose Bautista remains out for Jays
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista remained out of the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox with a back injury. It's the second-straight game Bautista has missed because of the issue as Emilio Bonifacio took his spot in right field.
The veteran slugger, who is also dealing with an ear infection, could be available to serve as a pinch hitter Tuesday, with a possible return to the starting lineup Wednesday.
Jose Bautista sidelined by back spasms
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said outfielder Jose Bautista was scratched from Monday's lineup against the White Sox because of back spasms. Mark DeRosa replaced Bautista in the starting lineup at third base.
Gibbons said he doesn't consider Bautista's injury "a big deal" and Bautista could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Gibbons also said the team isn't sure if they will continue to move forward with playing Bautista at third base. Brett Lawrie, who is on a rehab assignment recovering from an oblique injury, has been playing at second base for Class A Dunedin.
"We're not dead set on doing that anyway," Gibbons said, per Sportsnet.
Blue Jays give Jose Bautista a breather
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup Monday against the White Sox. Bautista doesn't have a strong history against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, going 1 for 12 (.083) with one RBI and three strikeouts.
Bautista, who has started the last two games at third base, has no multi-hit games. He's batting .200 (7 for 35) with three home runs and six RBI in nine outings.
Jose Bautista homers in start at 3B
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013)Jose Bautista received the start at third base for the Blue Jays on Saturday against the Royals.
Bautista went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk in a 3-2 win. He launched a two-run shot off starter James Shields in the sixth inning for his third long ball.
The 32-year-old also manned the hot corner on Friday night after Jose Reyes left with an ankle injury. Bautista approached the club about the position change, MLB.com reports.
"He came to us," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He talked after the game about coming early [Saturday] and taking ground balls."
Jose Bautista logs time at third base
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista played third base on Friday after Jose Reyes was injured. With Reyes hurt, Emilio Bonifacio shifted from second to shortstop, Mark DeRosa went from third to second.
Joey Bats went 0 for 5 in the game with four strikeouts and is batting .179. He's got two hits in his last four games and no RBI over that span. Bautista is sitting on two homers and four RBI.
The Blue Jays would prefer him in the outfield, but he could see some time at third until Brett Lawrie returns.
Jose Bautista back at DH
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013)Jose Bautista will be the Blue Jays' designated hitter again Thursday.
Bautista was used as the DH Wednesday. The position change is temporary, as Bautista is recovering from a sore ankle. Once he's fully recovered, he should return to the field.
Jose Bautista hitless in return
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista went 0 for 4 in his return to the starting lineup Tuesday after missing three games because of a twisted right ankle. It was the first time in four games this season the veteran slugger failed to get a hit as his batting average dropped to .188.
Despite the hitless performance in the 7-3 loss to Detroit, Bautista indicated he was fully healthy and could return to the outfield either Wednesday or Thursday.
"I feel pretty good," he told MLB.com before the game. "I feel good enough to definitely play, and that's why I'm DH-ing. I haven't run at full speed, and I haven't hit the bag or anything like that. During practice, it was fine."
Jose Bautista back in as DH
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (ankle) returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Detroit as the designated hitter. Bautista missed the past three games because of a nagging ankle injury, but was available to pinch-hit.
The veteran slugger has notched a hit in all three outings he's played in with a home run in each of his past two games.
Jose Bautista plans to return Tuesday
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista told MLB.com on Sunday that he plans to return to the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers.
The 32-year-old missed his third-straight game Sunday against the Red Sox with an ankle injury but was available to pinch-hit.
"It makes no sense to go out there and irritate it, especially with the day off tomorrow," Bautista said. "We'd rather play it safe, let it rest, so I can come back Tuesday and be 100 percent ready to go."
Bautista is 3 for 12 (.250) with two homers and four RBI through three games.
Jose Bautista remains on bench Sunday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista continues to sit as he was not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox. The Blue Jays slugger has now missed three consecutive starts.
Manager John Gibbons continues to play it safe with Bautista as he said Saturday that it is a long season and he sees no reason to rush his big-hitting outfielder back in action.
The 32-year-old, who is day to day, has started the year 3 for 12 (.250) with two home runs and four RBI.
Manager playing it safe with Jose Bautista
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Toronto manager John Gibbons saw no reason to start Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista on Saturday against the Red sox with his ankle still hurting, reports MLB.com.
"He still didn't feel quite right this morning," Gibbons said. "It's a long season, no point putting him in a situation to reaggravate it."
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who suffered a jammed right ankle Friday, was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Saturday against the Red Sox.
Bautista ran prior to the game to test his ankle and also participated in batting practice, reports the National Post. He is considered day to day.
Bautista has a hit in each game in which he's played as he's 3 for 12 (.250) with two homers and four RBI.
No Jose Bautista for Jays on Friday
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who jammed his right ankle Thursday, was held out of the lineup for the series opener against Boston on Friday. Bautista, who slugged his second homer of the season before departing with the injury, is considered day-to-day.
Jose Bautista twists ankle in Blue Jays win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Blue Jays right fieler Jose Bautista exited Thursday's win against the Indians after twisting his ankle while stepping on first base in the eighth inning. The injury isn't expected to be significant and Bautista was classified as day-to-day by manager John Gibbons.
Bautista hit his second home run of the year in the first inning, finishing the game 1 for 4 with a walk and three RBI.
Jose Bautista homers in loss to Indians
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista waited until nearly the end of his second game of the season Wednesday to smash his first home run. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Jays lost to the Indians in 11 innings.
Bautista slammed home run No. 1 deep to left field off Cleveland closer Chris Perez in the ninth to tie the score at two runs apiece and send the game into extras. Mark Reynolds homered in the top of the 11th and Joe Smith earned the save for the Tribe.
Bautista went 1 for 5 in the game and also grounded into two doubles plays. He's 2 for 8 (.250) in two games with a walk. The All-Star homered 27 times last year over 92 games after hitting 43 and 54 homers the previous two years, respectively.
Jose Bautista finishes spring on roll
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and three runs scored during Toronto's 10-4 victory over Philadelphia in an exhibition contest Saturday. Bautista clubbed his sixth shot of the spring off Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick in the first inning to snap a six-game skid without a home run.
Since his last homer on March 21, Bautista has collected six hits, including three doubles, to raise his batting average to .283.
Jose Bautista launches fifth spring HR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista homered for the fifth time this spring Thursday against the Rays. Bautista connected for a solo homer off Jamey Wright in the seventh inning, which broke open a tie game and sent Toronto to a 3-1 win. Bautista finished 1 for 3 and is batting .262 (11 for 42) through 15 spring games. He also has three doubles, seven walks, eight runs and 11 RBI.
Jays may use Bautista at third
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/9/2013) With Brett Lawrie sidelined for at least the next two to three weeks, the Toronto Sun reported Friday that the Blue Jays may consider bringing Jose Bautista back to third base until Lawrie recovers. We havent talked about that but its always a possibility, manager John Gibbons said. Well get a better feel of whats going on the next week or so, see how hes (Lawrie) progressing. But there could be something to that (Bautista at third).
Joey Bats clubs first spring HR
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista connected on his first home run of the spring on Sunday against the Orioles' reliever Troy Patton. Bautista homered for a two-run shot in the third inning and it was a solid blast. "It felt perfect," Bautista said. "It feels good to connect a ball after a while not being playing." Bautista is recovering from a wrist procedure that cost him the last two months of 2012 and he appeared to be 100 percent on Sunday.
Bautista swinging at full strength
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/4/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who is recovering from a wrist procedure that cost him the last two months of 2012, told ESPN's Jim Bowden that his wrist is doing "great" and that he is swinging at full strength without pain. Bautista is not expected to play in the World Baseball Classic.