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June 4, 2011

The Daily J.P. Arencibia to Cooperstown Watch, Game 57: Slamfest

JP Arencibia homersIf J.P. Arencibia never gets to the Baseball Hall of Fame he might have a shot at becoming a legend of golf. That is if his first career MLB grand slam is any indication of his golfing prowess. The Jays’ rookie catcher walloped a breaking ball that was just inches from his toes into the left-field seats at Camden Yards, clearing the bases in the fifth inning and giving the Jays a 7-0 lead en route to an 8-4 victory over the Orioles. Arencibia drove lefty Zach Britton’s breaking ball that looked like it was heading for the dirt over the fence and did it in a way reminiscent of a younger Tiger Woods ripping a tee shot toward a fairway at Augusta National.


Arencibia’s lone hit of Friday’s series opener turned out to deliver the winning RBI as the Jays (29-28) once again climbed over .500.

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May 24, 2011

The Daily J.P. Arencibia to Cooperstown Watch, Game 47: Kings of New York

JP Arencibia Blue Jays

JP Arencibia had 4 RBIs on Monday.

Beat the Yankees and you’ll earn a smile from every Blue Jays fan. Beat them up like they’re rich-brat Little Leaguers and you’ll start to get some serious attention from the rest of the league.

J.P. Arencibia delivered the big blow — a bases-loaded double — in a five-run sixth inning as the Jays smacked around the Bronx Bombers in a 7-3 win on Monday that’s sure to raise eyebrows in the States from fans wondering if this team might be more than The Jose Bautista Fireworks Show.

Arencibia finished 2-for-4, adding an RBI single in the eighth that gave him a fourth RBI on the night, and J-Bop belted his MLB-leading 19th dinger as the Jays improved to 9-3 in their past 12.

Emergency starter Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 1.53 ERA!) went five impressive innings, surrendering one run on two hits at the Death Star, aka Yankee Stadium. Villanueva came out of the bullpen in place of injured Jesse Litsch. Chances are he’ll get another look or three with a performance like this one. (Can you say, Now warming up in the bullpen, Jo-Jo Reyes?)

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