CLEVELAND -- Jose Bautista made a rare appearance at first base during Thursday's 16-inning marathon against the Indians.
Bautista was pressed into action in the ninth inning after Adam Lind had been lifted for a pinch-runner. John Farrell contemplated moving Edwin Encarnacion from designated hitter to first but that would have resulted in pitchers then needing to bat.
That forced Farrell's hand and Toronto's manager then opted to use Bautista at the position for the first time since 2010.
"The one thing that stood out, in a first and third situation, I went to the mound with a definite bunt situation," Farrell said. "Jose knew all of the bunt plays, all of the responsibilities of everyone on the field even though he's a right fielder, so just that knowledge and that comfort level is comforting."
Bautista has played first base 10 times in his career and although he won't start any games at the position this year Toronto could use a similar late-inning strategy in future games.