Brett Lawrie clobbered his first springtime home run and figures his timing is impeccable for the World Baseball Classic.

Lawrie will be in the starting lineup again today against the Phillies and then head to Arizona on Sunday to join Team Canada.

“I’m on time,” said Lawrie. “Those games are coming pretty quick and those games are only going to make me better by playing in competitive situations. Baseball mode kind of takes over.”

Lawrie’s second-inning blast to dead centre field with the wind blowing out, gave Toronto an early 2-1 lead on its way to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. he is now hitting .333 (4-for-12) for the spring.

“The sky’s the limit,” said manager John Gibbons, of Lawrie’s potential. “He’s a young kid who has had to learn a lot of things at the big-league level. I’ve heard he plays out of control at times, but that will change with experience.

“I think he’s right where he needs to be. I like him. He’s full of energy, and gives you that emotional spark. I’m even seeing him a little more relaxed than I probably expected. I hadn’t seen him play before but he seems very relaxed, or at least as relaxed as he can be.”