Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 9 Hrs

Jose Bautista homered and doubled to lead the Blue Jays past the Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday.

The homer off Andrew Miller was his first since July 2 (and the first Miller has given up since May 13). Whether it's a coincidence or not, Bautista has slumped mightily with Edwin Encarnacion sidelined. Still, this makes back-to-back two-hit games for him for the first time since June 4-5.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 18 Days

Jose Bautista finished as the top overall vote getter in the American League and will start in the outfield for the American League in the 2014 All-Star Game.

He'll be joined by Mike Trout, Adam Jones, Josh Donaldson, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Salvador Perez and Nelson Cruz in the starting lineup for the American League. Perez was named as a replacement for Matt Wieters who was the leading vote getter behind the plate.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 23 Days

Jose Bautista (hamstring) homered Tuesday in his return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup.

Bautista had been out since June 22 because of a mild left hamstring strain. His solo shot in the bottom of the first inning was off Brewers starter Marco Estrada and set the tone for a Toronto victory. "Joey Bats" is hitting .303/.430/.531 with 16 home runs and 50 RBI in 79 games this season.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 23 Days

Jose Bautista is back in the Blue Jays' lineup as the designated hitter for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.

Bautista appeared as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, but this will be his first start since June 22 due to a mild left hamstring strain. Because he's starting out of the DH spot on Tuesday, Adam Lind will take a seat.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 24 Days

Jose Bautista returned to action on Sunday June 29.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 25 Days

Jose Bautista (hamstring) said he'll be available to pinch-hit Sunday.

Bautista felt good while testing out his left hamstring strain by running at 50-60 percent before the game. The hope remains that he'll be ready to be used in the designated hitter spot on Tuesday.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 26 Days

Jose Bautista (hamstring) is hoping to return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Brewers.

Bautista has been sidelined since June 22 with a mild hamstring strain. He has a strong batting line of .305/.433/.526 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI on the season.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 26 Days

Jose Bautista remains out of the Blue Jays lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

It's the sixth straight start that the slugger has missed due to a left hamstring strain. He's expected to work out prior to the game and could be available as a pinch-hitter off the bench.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 28 Days

Jose Bautista (hamstring) will run and work out Saturday pre-game to see if he'll be available to pinch-hit.

In other words, he's not going to start until at least Sunday. That means Bautista will have missed at least six straight starts since exiting Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring. The Blue Jays remain hopeful that the slugger can avoid a DL stint.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF.. TOR 28 Days

Jose Bautista (hamstring) is out of the Blue Jays' lineup again on Thursday against the White Sox.

Bautista has now missed four consecutive games, but the Blue Jays remain optimistic that his mild left hamstring strain will not require a 15-day disabled list stint. Anthony Gose is playing right field Thursday.