Toronto Blue Jays manager shrugs off Jose Bautista comment on rookie Cleveland pitcher

TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons shrugged off the suggestion Wednesday that star slugger Jose Bautista had given the Indians some juicy bulletin-board material by suggesting rookie Cleveland pitcher Ryan Merritt would be “shaking in his boots.”

Merritt, a 24-year-old left-hander, had made just one career start in the majors prior to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. He wasn’t on the Indians’ ALDS roster but has been pressed into action die to injuries in the rotation.

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