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Jose Bautista's recent offensive surge certainly has unusual origins.
|Jose Bautista has been on an offensive tear since he began wearing teammate R.A. Dickey's pants during games.|
Bautista has raised his batting average 16 points during a four-game stretch beginning this past Saturday, when he started wearing Toronto Blue Jays teammate R.A. Dickey's pants during games.
Since changing his wardrobe, Bautista is batting .615 (8-for-13) with three home runs and five RBIs. The three-time All-Star acknowledged Monday, after going 1-for-2 in a victory over the Detroit Tigers, that he would continue wearing Dickey's pants.
"Dickey's pants until further notice," Bautista told reporters.
Bautista, who had slumped throughout June, decided Saturday to switch from his customary low pants to a more old-fashioned high-socks look. The slugger realized that the only pair of pants that fit him belonged to Dickey, the Blue Jays' knuckleballing starting pitcher.
"It's the only ones that fit me that were short," Bautista said Saturday after blasting two home runs in a victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Bautista entered Saturday's contest with a .182 batting average during June.
But thanks to his four-game outburst while wearing Dickey's pants, Bautista owns a .261 batting average for the season with 19 homers and 50 RBIs entering Wednesday's game against Detroit.