Former USI standout “Mastro” homers after call-up to Toronto


Called up by the Toronto Blue Jays from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday morning, former University of Southern Indiana standout Darin Mastroianni belted a two-run homer for the Jays in their 4-3 loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.

His blast came of Chris Sale, the Sox’s No. 1 starter. “Mastro” finished the game 1-for-3.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know they were throwing a lefty until about 11:45 p.m. (Friday),” Mastroianni told “I got the call to say I was coming up and I checked and saw Sale on the probable. I was like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’”

Jose Bautista is expected to return to Toronto’s lineup on Tuesday, but Mastroianni could beat out Anthony Gose to become the Jays’ fourth outfielder.

Mastroianni, 28, has spent parts of four seasons in “The Show.” Although he is a career .218 hitter, he has the ability to play all three outfield positions and is regarded as effective against lefties if he is not exposed for a long period of time.

“I want to try to help,” Mastroianni said. “This team is in first place (in the American League East). It’s all about winning here. I will try to do my best to help us win.”

–Gordon Engelhardt

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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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