Jays’ Bautista on his best behaviour in rout of Braves

May 19, 2017
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Rob Longley, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

ATLANTA — There was no glaring from JoseJose Reyes traded to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki: report. Read more ... » BautistaDozier gets All-Star nod, replaces ailing Bautista. Read more ... » on Thursday night and no bat flip, either.

Instead, of inciting the BravesStrange? Exciting? Misfits? Meet the 2017 Braves. Read more ... » as he had doneWhat have past teams done with a 9-1 start?. Read more ... » the previous night, the BlueBlue Jays hire Ross Atkins as general manager. Read more ... » JaysReports have Jays searching for replacement for Beeston. Read more ... » slugger kept his headCubs beat Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5, head home with 3-2 NLCS lead. Read more ... » downPolice Officer Handles Getting Knocked Down By A Baseball Player Like A Boss. Read more ... » and his emotions in check.

Such restraint was instrumental to acquire an earlyIndians outslug Red Sox to take early lead in ALDS. Read more ... » leadIndians boost World Series lead to 3-1 with Saturday win. Read more ... » and a last-laugh 9-0A look back at the Blue Jays’ big trades in 2015. Read more ... » Jays win at SunTrust Park.

The result, in an what has beenJays broadcaster Cheek would have been 'humbled' by award: widow. Read more ... » an emotionally charged weekTarget misses the mark again & Joey Bats' bomb pays off: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP. Read more ... », salvaged one win from fourEx-Jay Brett Lawrie strikes out four times on 12 pitches Tuesday. Read more ... » meetings with the Braves, and a split of the two played hereBlue Jays need play to get pitching house in order, and here it is: Griffin. Read more ... » at the new Atlanta stadium.

It wasn’t as if the Braves didn’t try to get under Bautista’s skin — or at least bruise it — however.

Batting second in managerBlue Jays hire Ross Atkins as general manager. Read more ... » John GibbonsGibbons eyes Blue Jays extension by opening day: Griffin. Read more ... »injuryKarlsson on revealing injury: 'I'm not much for secrets'. Read more ... »-ravaged orderBlue Jays need play to get pitching house in order, and here it is: Griffin. Read more ... », Bautista came to the plate in the firstGolden State Warriors fall to Milwaukee Bucks for first loss of season. Read more ... » inning to a chorus of boos from the Braves faithful stillBlue Jays still have chance for home field advantage. Read more ... » bothered by his homeIn a summer full of entertainment, Jays hit home run into our hearts: Menon. Read more ... »-run celebration'Typical Canadian' Blue Jays celebration goes viral. Read more ... » the night before.

The first offering from Braves starter Julio Teheran was well inside. The next one plunked Bautista on the thigh. But rather thanBlue Jays’ Kevin Pillar wants to be remembered for more than The Sneeze. Read more ... » fire backA look back at the Blue Jays’ big trades in 2015. Read more ... », the Jays right-fielder trotted down to first without a sideways glance.

A Kendrys Morales single and Darrell Ceciliani double later and Bautista was home with the Jays’ first run of the gameCanucks' Burrows injured, will not play in Game 4. Read more ... ».

In his second at-bat, Bautista led off the third with a double and was driven in by Morales shortly afterBlue Jays feel the pain a day after melee: DiManno. Read more ... » that and before you knew it, the Jays had jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

By the timeDodgers' Puig homers for 1st time since return. Read more ... » the long, rain-delayed night was done, the Jays ended a frustrating three-game losing streakCurry 0-for-10 on 3's; streak ends at 157 games. Read more ... » and were on theirBlue Jays discuss their glove lives. Read more ... » way to Baltimore for a significant weekend seriesCubs beat Dodgers to reach 1st World Series since 1945. Read more ... ».

“He did as a favour, Bautista,” Gibbons said. “One thing about'I feel good about where we are': Q&A with Ross Atkins. Read more ... » Jose, I’ve never seen anybody likePolice Officer Handles Getting Knocked Down By A Baseball Player Like A Boss. Read more ... » it. When he getsHalak gets 2nd shutout in 3 games, Islanders beat Flames 4-0. Read more ... » drilled or they throw behind him or something he always comes back to burn somebody.”

STRO SHOW

Not only did MarcusVancouver a valuable stepping stone for Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez .... Read more ... » StromanVancouver a valuable stepping stone for Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez .... Read more ... » hit the first homerTebow-mania builds as ex-QB rips homer in BP. Read more ... » of his career in the fourth inning, he went opposite fieldBlue Jays still have chance for home field advantage. Read more ... » to do so.

It was a pretty impressive effortHow Rick Porcello's effort can be lesson to fellow Red Sox starters. Read more ... » from Stroman, who told us on WednesdayBlue Jays, Orioles washed out; doubleheader Wednesday. Read more ... » that he was determined to make an impact at the plate in his first startHouston Astros ride strong start by Collin McHugh for Game 1 victory. Read more ... » againstBlue Jays slip against Halos. Read more ... » an NL opponent thisSix late-inning relievers that could change teams this off-season. Read more ... » seasonGolden State Warriors fall to Milwaukee Bucks for first loss of season. Read more ... ».

Stroman’s homer was right on the heels of catcher Luke Maile, who opened the inning with a solo shot.

According to the Statcast measuring data, Stroman’s homer was a 370-foot effort and the ball left his bat at a speed of 99 mph.

With the blast, Stroman became just the second Jays pitcherBlue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will be stretched out to start, GM Anthopoulos says. Read more ... » to hit a home run. The first was MarkTarget misses the mark again & Joey Bats' bomb pays off: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP. Read more ... » Hendrickson back in June of 2003 at MontrealCabrera's HR lifts Jays over Mets 2-0 in Montreal. Read more ... ».

“He’s a good'I feel good about where we are': Q&A with Ross Atkins. Read more ... » athlete and he thinks he can do it,” Gibbons said.

The Jays starter also took care of businessTarget misses the mark again & Joey Bats' bomb pays off: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP. Read more ... » on the moundHudson, 17-year vet, cherishes final mound exit. Read more ... », holding the Braves scoreless through 5.2Strange? Exciting? Misfits? Meet the 2017 Braves. Read more ... » innings, improving his record to 4-2.

The win/homer double had someSpring training hat mismatch has some Jays fans crying foul. Read more ... » historical context, as well. SinceCubs beat Dodgers to reach 1st World Series since 1945. Read more ... » the DH was introduced in 1973, only nine American LeagueThe must-watch player on every major league team. Read more ... » pitchers have had a homer and a ‘W’ in the boxscore in the same game.

WARNING TRACKJays’ offensive track sounds “like car crashes” to Twins. Read more ... »

The threat of payback was all overThunder roll, Raptors roll over. Read more ... » this one. The Jays had lost two gamesCurry 0-for-10 on 3's; streak ends at 157 games. Read more ... » in TorontoDonaldson makes Toronto MVP shortlist. Read more ... » and a third in Atlanta, each of the defeats ugly in their own way.

The Braves, meanwhile, might have had revenge on their mind for the Bautista bat flip, the KevinBlue Jays’ Kevin Pillar wants to be remembered for more than The Sneeze. Read more ... » PillarBlue Jays’ Kevin Pillar wants to be remembered for more than The Sneeze. Read more ... » homophobic slur and the seven hit batters over three games, including Freddie Freeman and his broken wrist.

And then there was Hall of Fame baseballBryan Mitchell injury reminder of dangers of playing baseball. Read more ... » columnist Peter Gammons, who tweeted earlier in the day that a source told him to expect Thursday to be fight night at the Braves’ new park.

There was certainly no evidence that the Teheran pitch that hit Bautista was merely one that got away. According to ESPN Stats, the 95.6 mph offering was the fastest the Braves starter has thrown in two years.

At any rate, home plate umpire Paul Emmel did what he probably shouldAlex Anthopoulos has moved on, and so should we: Arthur. Read more ... » have prior to the game and warned both dugouts that further nastiness wouldJays broadcaster Cheek would have been 'humbled' by award: widow. Read more ... » result in an ejection.

“It was a tough day with what happened to Pillar and these guys have been laying a beating on us the last three games and Bautista last night,” a relieved Gibbons said.

GAME ON

The Jays just can’tCavalry can’t come soon enough for the Blue Jays: Griffin. Read more ... » stand prosperity of any stripe, apparently. It seemed to be going good for centre fielder Ceciliani, in for Pillar, when he blasted a Teheran offering over the wall for a two-run homer. Instead, just three steps intoFive things we learned Sunday: Royals move into first. Read more ... » his home-run trot, however. he seemed to be favouring his left shoulder and exited the game. Sure enoughCavalry can’t come soon enough for the Blue Jays: Griffin. Read more ... », it was later announced that the utility outfielderBlue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar nominated for Roberto Clemente award. Read more ... » had suffered a partial separation to his left shoulder and will be further evaluated on Friday. “It’s gettingPolice Officer Handles Getting Knocked Down By A Baseball Player Like A Boss. Read more ... » kind of comical,” Gibbons said of the latest injury … Ceciliani’s injury created an opportunity for Dwight Smith Jr., to make his majorThe must-watch player on every major league team. Read more ... »-league debut. Smith went to left field while Ezequiel Carrera movedAlex Anthopoulos has moved on, and so should we: Arthur. Read more ... » over to centre … Ceciliani’s homer was his first as a Jay and just the second of his career in the majors.

QUICK HITSTigers' J.D. Martinez hits 3 homers vs. Yanks. Read more ... »

After giving up a combined 27 runs over the previous three games, the Jays returned to a strongHouston Astros ride strong start by Collin McHugh for Game 1 victory. Read more ... » defensive effort with the nine-inning shutoutHalak gets 2nd shutout in 3 games, Islanders beat Flames 4-0. Read more ... » … Morales had hits in each of his first four trips to the plate — three singles and a double … With the injuries and Pillar suspension, it was certainly an interesting lineup Gibbons fielded on Thursday, especially since red-hot Justin SmoakBlue Jays Smoak Mariners, continue to roll. Read more ... » was given the night off (Morales played first) and Devon Travis rested (Chris Coghlan) at second.

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