8/31/2014 6:30 P.M. ET
Bautista homers in fifth straight game
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista has moved within one of the Blue Jays' franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run.
Bautista homered during the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon's 4-3 victory over the Yankees. It marked the fifth straight game in which Bautista homered, and history is now within his sights.
Jose Cruz Jr. holds the all-time Toronto record with home runs in six consecutive games from Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2001. Bautista will have a chance to tie that on Tuesday night against the Rays.
"That's so hard to do what he's doing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He is in a nice little groove. I think he is waiting his at-bats out for a pitch to hit.
"He's using that left-center-field gap pretty good -- that shows you he's on the ball, he's not spinning off it. That's where he runs into trouble. He's a good hitter. It's tough to hit [homers in five games] in a row, but he's a guy that can do that."
Six of Bautista's last eight hits have gone over the wall. He's one shy of hitting 30 home runs for the first time since 2011, and needs three more to become the fifth player in franchise history with 200 homers.
Morrow makes progress in rehab outing
TORONTO -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow took another step forward in his rehab by tossing one scoreless inning for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday night.
Morrow entered in the eighth inning of Buffalo's 3-0 win over Rochester. He threw 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes and didn't strike out or walk a batter.
The 30-year-old hit 97 miles per hour on a couple of occasions but went almost exclusively with his fastball. Morrow should be able to lean heavily on that pitch when he returns to the Majors, but will also need to refine his slider even in a bullpen role.
It's not immediately clear what the next step will be for Morrow. He'll likely receive the day off on Sunday, but could then appear in Buffalo's final game of the regular season on Monday afternoon vs. Syracuse.
The Blue Jays will then have to decide if he's ready to return to the big leagues as a September callup or whether Morrow will need more work on the side. When Morrow returns, it will be as a reliever -- because there isn't enough time remaining in the season to get him stretched out as a starter.
Morrow has been on the disabled list since he suffered a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger on May 4. He is 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in six starts this season.