Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MLB - SPRING TRAINING ; Tulowitzki Leads Jays Past Pirates

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MLB - SPRING TRAINING ; Tulowitzki Leads Jays Past Pirates

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DUNEDIN, Fla. - Troy Tulowitzki hit his second homer in as many games to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Sunday. Following a two-out double by Jose Bautista in the first inning, Tulowitzki connected off A.J. Schugel for a long drive to left field. The five-time All-Star also homered against Houston on Friday.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada had an up-and-down debut after missing nearly four weeks with back soreness, yielding a towering shot to Andrew McCutchen.

The right-hander walked John Jaso to lead off the game before McCutchen's fourth home run of spring training, which landed near the bullpen in right field.

"I was warming up and didn't feel great, and once I got out there, it took a little bit to get me going, Estrada said.

After walking David Freese and giving up a single to Starling Marte, Estrada settled down to retire six straight. He was lifted after McCutchen walked with no outs in the third.

"I've still got to work on a feel for pitches. That's to be expected right now for me, I guess, he said. "I'm a little behind, but I think I'll be more than ready for the season.

Ryan Goins added the go-ahead RBI double for Toronto in the fifth.

SHAPIRO SPEAKS

New Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro said he remains optimistic the team will be able to come to a contract agreement with 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, who is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, the 33-year-old Encarnacion said he feels the Blue Jays "don't have it in their plans for me to stay here.

Shapiro said he has not met with Encarnacion to discuss the comments, but did not take issue with what the slugger said. Encarnacion and his agent, Paul Kinzler, previously set an opening- day deadline to get an extension worked out with Toronto and will not negotiate during the season. …

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