Blue Jays Canadian hope Brett Lawrie set for debut
Friday, August 5, 2011
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have never had a Canadian star. They're hoping Brett Lawrie is their first.
The 21-year-old Lawrie, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, was set to make his major league debut Friday night against the Orioles. Lawrie is batting ninth and playing third base.
Lawrie was obtained from Milwaukee last winter for right-hander Shaun Marcum. He batted .353 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs for Las Vegas.
A native of Langley, B.C., Lawrie is the brother of Danielle Lawrie, a softball pitcher who was the two-time national player of the year for the University of Washington in 2009 and '10. Lawrie played for the Canadian Olympic team in the 2008 Games.
He's set to be the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays.