Since May 1, Jose Bautista has been hitting more like ... well, Jose Bautista.

In 22 games since the calendar flipped from April to May, Bautista is hitting .280 ((23-for-82) with nine homers and 19 RBI. He has a .355 on-base percentage and is slugging .634. The nine homers in May ties him for the MLB lead for the month with Josh Hamilton, Carlos Beltran and Adam Dunn.

This week, against Joe Maddon's unusual defensive shift, Bautista looked comfortable in hitting the ball the other way on at least two occasions, a sign that he's once again comfortable in his own skin and not pressing.

"I've heard some comments (from Bautista) about the shift, not pleasant ones," said manager John Farrell. "But at the same time, he is hitting the ball where it's pitched and I think what it does for him it keeps his front shoulder in rather than looking to pull the ball, pulling off some pitches. Whether that leads to a couple of line drive base hits, even to the pull side, I'm sure Jose is feeling a little bit better about himself getting multiple hits in some recent games."