Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/31/13
It began as The Emilio Bonifacio You-Done-Me-Wrong Show. For the Royals 3-2 losers at the Rogers Centre Friday night that return of the unhero drama nearly opened and closed in the first inning. The second baseman — Emilio we hardly knew ya — who was traded to Kansas City by the Jays on Aug. 14 for the proverbial player to be named later or some spare change in cash heard a fusillade of boos while stepping to the plate in his first appearance as used-to-be Jay. He reached safely when Adam Lind appeared to forget what planet he was on after gathering up the ground ball dribbler and starter Mark Buehrle arrived at first base with his glove empty. Gently mocking Bonifacio cocked his hand to his ear as if telling the crowd: “Boo who?” Then he deftly stole second on a headfirst slide making him 9-for-9 as a Royal in thievery. Bottom of that inning however Bonifacio threw high to first on what should have been an easy out young Ryan Goins hoofing it and later scoring. E-Emilio — ah yes that’s the Bonifacio we know and remember. But let’s not be mean-spirited. Bonifacio had one of the sweetest smiles in the Jays clubhouse. Best to be out of here actually under the dreadful 2013 circumstances. And the mook got hosed on a wretched out call by the first base umpire in the eighth. Bonifacio had clearly beaten the throw on his dandy little bunt. In any event that bunt was good for a sacrifice RBI scoring the run that put K.C. on the board — and 3-2 on the following play driving reliever Brett Cecil and his “tired arm” to the showers. Sergio Santos induced a couple of ground balls to stanch the threat helped immensely by Brett Lawrie’s high-leap on a chopper and pinpoint bounced-throw to first maybe beauty play of the year for him. Toronto was in comfortable early flight jumping out 2-0 courtesy of Bonifacio’s blunder Edwin Encarnacion’s double that flicked off the glove of left fielder Alex Gordon and a two-RBI single by Lind. It could have been just another evening of tepid ball between two teams that have little to summon in the way of motivation — Jays 18.5 games back in the AL East Royals 8.5 games back in the AL Central. Yet there were nice grace notes here and there with maybe previews of the future on display from scrubeenies filling holes in the injury-depleted lineup. Goins continued apace on his batting streak since matriculating from Triple-A Buffalo now collecting hits in each of his seven games with Toronto.
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