Jose Bautista will be back in his happy place patrolling right field when the Toronto Blue Jays open the 2011 regular season Friday night.
According to mlb.com, Edwin Encarnacion will start at third base against the visiting Minnesota Twins while Juan Rivera — thought to be the Blue Jays' opening day right-fielder — could be the designated hitter.
Bautista shone in the field in 2010 racking up 12 assists — two shy of American League right-field leader Shin-Soo Choo of the Cleveland Indians — and making only three errors for a .985 fielding percentage.
At the plate, the 30-year-old Bautista topped the major leagues with 54 home runs and established career highs in batting average (.260), on-base percentage (.378), runs batted in (124), runs (109) and walks (100).
The 54 homers smashed George Bell's club record of 47 and more than tripled Bautista's previous high of 16. It also earned him a five-year contract worth $65 million US.