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April 3, 2014 – @ Tampa Bay Rays

Photo credit: thestar.com Image

Starting Lineup:

  1. Melky Cabrera LF
  2. Colby Rasmus CF
  3. José Bautista RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion DH
  5. Adam Lind 1B
  6. Dioner Navarro C
  7. Brett Lawrie 3B
  8. Maicer Izturis 2B
  9. Ryan Goins SS

Brandon Morrow SP

Current record: 2-1 (1st AL East)

Brandon Morrow gets his first start of the season and will be looking to rebound from last year. He’s got possibly the best stuff in the Jays’ rotation and he proved in 2012 that when he’s healthy he can be one of the top starters in the entire American League. Blue Jays starters have given up exactly zero runs in their two wins this year, which again will be the key against a stingy Tampa Bay defence.

After similar styled pitchers Buehrle and Hutchison shut down the Rays’ offence, they’ll get a completely different look from Morrow. He can attack the zone, make hitters look silly with his nasty stuff and when needed, he can reach back and overpower the batter. Don’t expect Morrow to pitch into the 9th inning like Buehrle, but expect to get a solid 6-7 innings out of him. The pen is well rested so overworking Morrow is not necessary. 

The notable change in the offensive lineup is Goins sliding to short to give a hot Izturis (.571) some extra at bats. Gibbons has said that he likes Goins sticking around at second base but he’s more than capable defensively to slide over to the other side of the diamond.

Go Jays Go! 

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