7/1/2014 5:50 P.M. ET
Reyes worthy of his first AL All-Star selection
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, a three-time All-Star, is vying for a spot on the American League roster in the final days of balloting for the 2014 All-Star Game.
In the latest round of voting results released on Monday afternoon, Reyes sat fourth among AL shortstops with 1,008,063 votes, trailing Yankees captain Derek Jeter (first, 2,924,686), Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox (second, 2,325,527) and J.J. Hardy of the Orioles (third, 1,534,547).
The 31-year-old Reyes previously secured All-Star selections as a member of the National League with the Mets in 2007, '10 and '11. Entering Tuesday, he was hitting .264 with six homers, 23 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
Several other Blue Jays remain in contention for the AL squad, including Jose Bautista, who is leading all AL players with 4,460,245 votes. Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes is third among AL outfielders with 1,941,553 votes and holds a slight lead over Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (1,929,506).
Bautista is bidding for his fifth consecutive All-Star selection, while Cabrera previously made the AL squad in 2012.
Two other Blue Jays are ranked in the top five at their respective positions, including designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (fourth, 1,590,498) and third baseman Brett Lawrie (fifth, 865,684).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Bautista homers in DH duty against Brewers
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista was back in the Blue Jays' lineup on Tuesday for the first time since straining his left hamstring nine days ago. Serving as the designated hitter, he went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-1 series-opening win over the Brewers on Canada Day at Rogers Centre.
Bautista said before the game that he hoped to return to regular defensive duties on Wednesday, but because he was unable to test his injured left hamstring on the basepaths -- save for a homer trot -- on Tuesday, manager John Gibbons said he would pencil him back in the DH role for the Interleague series finale.
"I'd rather not take the chance," Bautista said. "We're going to DH tomorrow. [Gibbons] is going to try to find a way to get [Adam] Lind in the lineup. I don't know what he's going to end up doing, but he might have to get creative. And I don't want to put the team in a bind, but I also don't want to make my injury worse and have to miss two weeks."
The left-handed-hitting Lind would've normally been the DH with Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada on the mound on Tuesday. But Lind got the day off due to Bautista's return and Estrada's success against lefties.
Gibbons said before Tuesday's game that moving Edwin Encarnacion to third base to get Lind into the lineup at first wasn't something he planned on doing, even though he had previously considered it.
"That's always the predicament when one of us is DHing because of rest or an injury," Bautista said. "It's impossible to have Lind and Eddy in the lineup at the same time."
Blue Jays go all out in Canada Day festivities
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays were sporting red jerseys and a new special-edition Canada Day cap as the club and Toronto fans celebrated the national holiday with an open dome at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.
The roof was initially closed because of questionable weather conditions, but it was opened around noon ET as the sun came out ahead of the Blue Jays' two-game Interleague series against the Brewers.
The team honoured the Canadian Armed Forces during pregame ceremonies. Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson led a tribute to Trenton's 424 Search and Rescue Squadron that was involved in a dramatic crane rescue in Kingston, Ontario this winter.
Sergeant Darryl Casselman sang the national anthem, and Canadian-born Indy race car driver James Hinchcliffe threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Members from the Canadian Junior National Baseball team were also on hand.
Jose Bautista, a Dominican Republic native who homered in the Blue Jays' 4-1 win, said he's enjoyed living here the past six years.
"I'm very fond of Canada and Toronto as a city," he said. "I'm excited to be a part of the celebration for Canada Day. You can't help but feel you've adopted the country where you've lived the past six years."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.