Lawrie's energy infectious within Blue Jays

Lawrie's energy infectious within Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Brett Lawrie came to the big leagues with the reputation of being a high-energy player, and the Blue Jays are now finding that out firsthand.

Lawrie became the center of attention during Wednesday night's 8-4 victory over the A's. He hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning, then proceeded to go into a memorable celebration.

The 21-year-old let out a scream and pumped his fist into the air while rounding first base. That continued in the dugout as he bumped fists with teammates and let out a few more screams as he tossed his helmet aside.

"He's a personality that fits in well with this group," said Blue Jays manager John Farrell. "We've got a bit of a different mix, but one that's got a lot of upbeat, a lot of energy to it, and when you have those kind of abilities to go along with the energy, I think that resonates with every guy in this uniform."

Lawrie added a line-drive double off the wall in left field during the eighth inning. He scored on a single by Rajai Davis and appeared to do another fist pump as he crossed home plate to give his club an 8-3 lead.

Oakland reliever Jordan Norberto used his next pitch to hit shortstop Yunel Escobar in the back. Escobar took offense to the incident and took several steps towards the mound. Both benches emptied, but a physical altercation was avoided and nobody was ejected.

Norberto said after the game that his pitch wasn't intentional. Farrell appeared to have his doubts, and didn't exactly deny that the situation could have had something to do with Lawrie's antics.

"It made me wonder, just because of the way the guy threw the ball leading up to Yunel's at-bat and what his track record shows," Farrell said. "He's not the most erratic guy in the world. I can't sit here today and say it was intentional, but whether or not it was because of somebody hitting a grand slam at a key point in the game, I don't know if that was their motive."

Farrell added he likes the type of energy that Lawrie brings to the clubhouse. He said it's a similar mentality that playoff-caliber teams have because of the overriding expectation to win.

If opposing clubs take offense to that intensity, then Farrell said it's up to the Blue Jays to protect their rookie third baseman.

"Time will tell, and if that draws response from across the field, well, then it's our responsibility to respond accordingly," Farrell said. "He's one of us, and we have to protect one another."