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Blue Jays star Bichette 'starting to heat up' after matching DiMaggio in walk-off display

By Sports Desk April 14, 2021

Bo Bichette said he is just "starting to heat up" after his walk-off home run lifted the Toronto Blue Jays past American League (AL) East rivals the New York Yankees.

Bichette hit two homers, including the game-winning shot at the bottom of the ninth inning, in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Yankees as the Blue Jays clinched the series in Dunedin.

The 23-year-old tied Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for the most multi-extra-base hit games (14) in his first 87 MLB appearances.

Bichette's single in the opening inning also extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching a career high.

"I'm just starting to heat up," Bichette said. "I was grinding for a while and staying alive. I think that's part of baseball.

"You fight until you start feeling good. I feel good. I know I have all the time in the world.

"I'm not worried about fastballs getting by me, so that’s a good feeling to have."

"Sometimes when you're in the box, you feel like you've got to swing right when the guy lets go of the ball," Bichette said.

"For me, it's just about reminding myself how much time we have. We always have more time than we think."

Entering the 2021 campaign, Bichette was the first shortstop in MLB history to have a .300-plus batting average and a .500-plus slugging percentage in each of his first two seasons (minimum 125 plate appearances in both seasons).

"That's why the sky is the limit with this kid," added Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.

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