Pitchers getting ready to step into batter's box

Pitchers getting ready to step into batter's box

Pitchers getting ready to step into batter's box
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' pitchers will find themselves stepping into the batter's box on Friday when the second wave of Interleague Play begins in Cincinnati.

The Blue Jays will be travelling to National League parks for the first time this season. The club plays nine consecutive games on the road, which means pitchers will get to showcase their skills with the bat.

Manager John Farrell is one person who is going to keep his expectations in check. He's not going to implement a no-swing policy, but the main priority will be getting down the sacrifice bunt whenever possible.

"That's clearly No. 1," Farrell said. "Anything above that is pure benefit. [Another goal] would be to not come away with any added soreness, because you're swinging the bat so infrequently.

"We've been taking batting practice here for the past three weeks on and off, but the No. 1 goal is to get a sac bunt down when the situation calls."