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Scott's bunts make Blue Jays rethink shift

Scott's bunts make Blue Jays rethink shift

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Scott's bunts make Blue Jays rethink shift
TORONTO -- Toronto likely will think twice before calling for another defensive shift around the infield when Orioles outfielder Luke Scott steps to the plate.

The Blue Jays shifted all of their infielders toward the right side of the diamond when the left-handed hitting Scott came to bat on Tuesday night.

Both times Toronto made the move, Scott squared around and laid a perfectly executed bunt down the third-base line for an infield single.

"He adjusted to us, that's clear," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Not many bunt attempts. We took him out of his power swing by putting the ball on the ground via the bunt.

"Typically, if guys will look to do that, they'll look to take one shot at it."

Scott has eight home runs, but is hitting just .251 in 167 at-bats this season. The 32-year-old said he embraces that type of alignment and will take advantage of it with an opposite-field single any chance he gets.

"I'm tired of hitting balls into the shift," Scott said. "I'm not a big fan of hitting .240. So you do what you can ... I've seen it for a few years."

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