Bo Bichette hits form to send Blue Jays past Twins
Shortstop Bo Bichette had two home runs and went 3 for 5 as the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Minnesota Twins 10-1 on Sunday afternoon in Grapefruit League action.
First baseman Rowdy Tellez also had two homers, a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run blast in the sixth, for the Blue Jays (9-6).
Ryan Borucki struck out three and gave up five hits over five scoreless innings as Toronto’s starter.
First baseman Tyler Austin had three hits and an RBI for Minnesota (8-7).
On a day when the Blue Jays got bad news about Vladimir Guerrero Jr., their No. 2 prospect stepped up in his absence.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins told media before the game that Guerrero has strained his left oblique in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
Meanwhile, Bichette opened a five-run first inning with his jack to left-center field. One inning later, the 21-year-old raked a double to left before hammering his second leadoff shot of the afternoon, this time to right.
In his 12th game of the spring, the shortstop boosted his average to .400.
Also, Toronto’s No. 10 prospect Cavan Biggio showed off some pop as well, blasting a two-run shot to right in the second as the Blue Jays built an early 7-0 lead. Biggio added a base hit and scored twice.
Jays’ 21st-ranked prospect Rowdy Tellez finished 3-for-4 with a pair of long balls and five RBIs. Tellez connected on a three-run blast in the first and a two-run shot in the sixth. Third-ranked Danny Jansen knocked in Biggio with an RBI double in the first. He also added a single. No. 14 Billy McKinney worked a walk and scored.