Marco! Scutaro!

We’re now two months into the season, and Marco Scutaro continues to shine – both at the plate and in the field for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Given a full-time job for the first time in his career, the 33-year-old Scutaro has simply run with it. He’s played in all 53 games this season, hitting out of the leadoff spot and providing the spark for a Blue Jays offense that entered action Sunday leading the majors in hits (528) and the American League with a .285 team batting average.

Scutaro entered with a .301 average and a .407 on-base percentage. He ranked second in the AL in walks (37) and runs scored (42), and had drawn 20 walks when leading off an inning – eight more than the next-highest hitter (Curtis Granderson).

Among all leadoff hitters in the majors, his 37 walks were best, his 42 runs ranked second, he was tied for second in doubles (15) and tied for third in hits (62).

“He’s doing a great job as far as being our leadoff man this year,” Jays manager Cito Gaston said earlier this month. “He’s gotten a lot of walks, he’s gotten a lot of big hits for us, and he’s just been flawless playing at shortstop. He’s shown he can handle his spot.”

Sunday proved no different. Scutaro was the only Blue Jay to get two hits during Toronto’s 8-2 loss to Boston, finishing 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .305, second-highest on the team (Aaron Hill, .333).

With that performance, he’s now managed an impressive seven straight multi-hit games, batting .485 (16-for-33) during that span.


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