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Jose Bautista scratched with tight neck

Updated: August 20, 2011, 9:38 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has been scratched from the lineup for the Blue Jays' game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night because of tightness in his neck.

Bautista, who leads the majors with 35 home runs, was in the lineup and batting third before he was removed. The announcement was made less than 10 minutes before the first pitch.

Mike McCoy replaced Bautista in right field and hit in the leadoff spot.



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