Gibbons impressed with Kawasaki in debut

Gibbons impressed with Kawasaki in debut

KANSAS CITY -- Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki's first impression with the Blue Jays was positive both in the field and at the plate.

After getting an impromptu callup from Triple-A Buffalo following the ankle injury to Jose Reyes, Kawasaki was able to provide a two-strike sacrifice fly and draw a walk before Jose Bautista's two-run homer in a 3-2 Toronto win on Saturday night.

"He did a nice job," manager John Gibbons said. "He seems full of energy. He moves around and I like the way he approaches ground balls. He's aggressive and he comes and gets them. This is his opportunity."

Kawasaki started again on Sunday in the series finale.

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