Farrell not fretting Bautista's slow start

Farrell not fretting Bautista's slow start

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista is off to a slow start this season, hitting just .200 (4-for-20) with one home run and two RBIs entering Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.

Bautista's lone homer and three of his four hits came in the first game of the year against Cleveland. Since then, he's been in the midst of a 1-for-16 slump that included an 0-for-4 night against Boston on Tuesday, when he struck out three times.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell isn't concerned.

"He's struggled to find his timing," Farrell said. "We've all been accustomed to seeing Jose just continue to hit balls in the seats. But there were times last year, and I'm sure the year before, where he goes through some stretches where his timing is off a little bit."

The two-time defending home run champion has hit a combined 97 long balls the past two seasons and also led the Majors with a 1.056 OPS in 2011.