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ZAUN POWERS BLUE JAYS' HIT PARADE WITH GRAND SLAM
BOSTON'S WELLS KNOCKED AROUND AGAIN;
THAMES: MINOR LEAGUER TO MAJOR HERO

Gregg Zaun thinks the Toronto Blue Jays will do just fine without Carlos Delgado in their lineup.

Zaun hit a grand slam to spark a six-run eighth inning, and Vernon Wells, Corey Koskie and Shea Hillenbrand hit consecutive homers in the third to lead the Blue Jays over the Red Sox, 12-5, Saturday.

"Guys are getting good at-bats," Zaun said. "We don't have a Sosa, McGwire or even a Delgado anymore, but two guys like Hillenbrand and Koskie could hit 25 a piece to make up for that."

After 12 seasons and 336 home runs for Toronto, Delgado signed with Florida as a free agent in the offseason.

Wells, Koskie and Hillenbrand each homered to left off David Wells for Toronto's first back-to-back-to-back homers since 2001.

"You thought (Wells) would be able to come back and make that adjustment (after the first home run)," Boston interim manager Brad Mills said. "But I have to tip my hat to him, he really made some adjustments after and pitched well."

The Red Sox dropped to 2-1 since Terry Francona was hospitalized Wednesday after experiencing chest pains. He is expected to return for Monday's home opener at Fenway Park, when the Red Sox receive their World Series rings.

David Wells (0-2) struggled in his second straight start, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings. He was also hit hard on opening day against the New York Yankees, allowing 10 hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"If you don't make the pitches thats what happens -- you give up runs," said Wells, who has a 8.44 ERA this season. "You've got to get the bad ones out of the way, I guess."

Zaun hit his first home run of the season off reliever Blaine Neal over the right-field fence to help the Blue Jays bounce back from a series-opening loss Friday.

"I got a pitch up in the strike zone and I was waiting for it. Ive started to learn that the less greedy I am, the better off I am," said Zaun, who was 2 for 4 with five RBIs.

Hillenbrand and Alex Rios each had three of the Jays' 16 hits, and Koskie scored three runs.

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