Bautista hits his first Spring home run

Photo Credit SportsNet via Twitter Chris O'Meara/AP
Photo Credit SportsNet via Twitter/Chris O’Meara/AP

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jose Bautista hit his first spring homer and Aaron Sanchez tossed four scoreless innings, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over a Tampa Bay Rays split-squad on Sunday.

Playing in his second game of the spring, Bautista drove an inside fastball from prospect Taylor Guerrieri off a light pole beyond the left-field fence for a three-run shot in the third.

Bautista was 0 for 1 with a strikeout, walk and hit-by-pitch in his spring debut on Thursday against the Yankees. The six-time All-Star outfielder sat out the first nine exhibition games to get additional workout time.

Sanchez, in the mix for a spot in the rotation, yielded a leadoff double to Brandon Guyer in the first before retiring 11 straight. The 23-year-old right-hander walked one and struck out four.

Tampa Bay’s Kyle Roller drove in Nick Franklin with an RBI double off Gavin Floyd in the fifth.

Courtesy of SportsNet by The Associated Press

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