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|Hoffpauir optioned to Las Vegas|
It was the kind of day most Major Leaguers dream of.
It was the kind of night Major League players dread.
After going 2-for-4 and laying down a sacrifice bunt that keyed the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-1 extra inning win over the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium, Vidalia's Jarrett Hoffpauir was optioned back to triple-A Las Vegas.
Jarrett Hoffpauir made things a little more difficult for Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. After collecting two hits in Friday's 6-1 win over the Yankees, Hoffpauir learned that he was being sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
"That's what made it tougher to send him out," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said after the game. "Without him today, we certainly would not have won this game. He got down a good bunt and got a couple of base hits. He had a good ballgame. No matter what happens, I think he can go out on a positive note."
Hoffpauir's sacrifice bunt came in Toronto's five-run outburst in the 11th inning, helping the club end a five-game losing streak. In nine games as a regular third baseman for the Jays, though, Hoffpauir hit .214 (6-for-28) with one extra-base hit and no RBIs.
The Blue Jays selected the contract of third baseman Edwin Encarnacion from Triple-A Vegas, and he was in the starting lineup for Toronto on Saturday in New York.
In order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Encarnacion, the Blue Jays outrighted outfielder Jeremy Reed to Triple-A. Reed refused the assignment and instead elected to become a free agent. Reed hit .271 in 41 games for Las Vegas, but he hit just .143 in 14 games for Toronto this season.
While Hoffpauir was traveling to join his former team in Portland, Encarnacion went hitless his first two games back and on Sunday, with two on in the top of the 10th, the Jays' embattled third baseman tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt. Instead he popped the ball up, then hesitated when it looked as though it would drift foul.
When the ball dropped in fair territory Encarnacion sprinted for first, but it was too late. Alex Rodriguez had already scooped it and fired to second to set in motion the double play that effectively killed the Jays' inning.
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