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Jays' Bautista hits 3 HRs, has 16 on year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Even by Jose Bautista's recent standards, this is a remarkable stretch of hitting.

Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Toronto outfielder has led the majors in home runs. But a performance that included three home runs in Sunday's 11-3 victory over Minnesota and a total of five during a series sweep of the Twins left even Bautista a little bit dumbfounded.

"It's ridiculous. It feels like a dream right now," said the rightfielder, who has 16 homers this season. "Sometimes I can't really believe it myself, but I keep seeing the good pitches."

And he keeps hitting those pitches. Hard.

"I guess this is one of the hottest streaks I've ever had in my life," said Bautista, who led the majors with 54 homers last year. "I'm seeing the ball well and connecting good."

How good has Bautista been? The Jays slugger is hitting .415 with 13 homers and 21 RBIs over the past 19 games. His 16 homers are just two behind the total of the entire Twins team and his five over the weekend is just one shy of the six that Minnesota has at Target Field this season.

And there's one more key stat: In the year-plus that Target Field has been open, Bautista has seven homers in seven games in the Twins' new ballpark.

Sunday, he hit solo homers in the third and fourth innings before connecting for a two-run homer in the sixth inning. -- AP

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