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Lee throws 2 innings in spring debut
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee pitches in first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in an exhibition baseball game in Dunedin, Fla., Thursday Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs Thursday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5.
A day after hitting a long home run against the Phillies in his first at-bat of exhibition play, Bautista had an RBI double in the first inning off Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee.
Lee allowed two hits and a run in two innings. He struck out three and walked none.
"Obviously I'm trying to throw strikes," Lee said. "I made a couple mistakes. The first double was, for sure, a mistake. I tried to throw a backdoor cutter and it ended up right down the middle."
"And then Bautista, I just missed on the pitch before and tried to throw the same pitch. It wasn't a bad one, it's just you get into a 2-2 count with him in that situation is not where you want to be. He put a good swing on it."
Lee gave up doubles to two of the first three batters he faced, then stopped the Blue Jays. He is the odds-on favorite to start on opening day March 31 at Texas.