Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 9, 2012

The Blue Jays played the Houston Astros where Travis D’Arnaud & Brett Lawrie led the team to a convincing 11-2 victory, read the full recap.

The 22-year-old Lawrie, who came to Toronto 15 months ago from Milwaukee in the trade for pitcher Shaun Marcum, hit .293 in a 43-game taste of the major leagues last summer. He is 8 for 16 with four doubles this spring.

Lawrie drove in his sixth and seventh runs in just six games as the Blue Jays jumped on Houston starter J.A. Happ in the first inning. But his best play might have been tagging up and advancing to second base on a flyball, which enabled him to score on David Cooper’s two-out single.

“He’s got very good instincts inside the game,” Farrell said. “He’s a confident player and he makes very good decisions.”

Cooper drove in three runs with a single and a double while Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Travis d’Arnaud drove in two runs each for the Blue Jays. d’Arnaud and Adeiny Hechavarria homered in a five-run inning off Aneury Rodriguez.

Up next: Dustin McGowan is the odds-on favourite to land the Blue Jays’ No. 5 starting slot after his long and arduous journey back to the big leagues. He’ll make his spring debut Saturday, when Toronto hosts Houston at 1:05 p.m. ET at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.


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