Game #4 Jays at Rays pregame

Blue Jays vs. Devil Rays
at Progress Energy Park in St. Petersburg

Today’s Lineups:

BLUE JAYS
John McDonald, SS
Adam Lind, LF
Russ Adams, 2B
John-Ford Griffin, RF
Jason Phillips, C
John Hattig, 1B
Jason Smith, 3B
Robinzon Diaz, DH
Jeff Duncan, CF

PITCHING: John Thomson starting; Shaun Marcum and Victor Zambrano also scheduled to pitch; and maybe the first pro appearance by Jo Matumoto.

DEVIL RAYS
Rocco Baldelli, CF
Delmon Young, RF
Carl Crawford, LF
Ty Wigginton, DH
Jorge Cantu, 2B
Greg Norton, 1B
Akinori Iwamura, 3B
Dioner Navarro, C
Ben Zobrist, SS

PITCHING: Jae Kuk Ryu — most famous for killing an osprey while pitching for the Daytona Cubs a few years ago.

NOTES FROM PREGAME:

  • A.J. Burnett will not travel to Fort Myers to take on Boston on Thursday. Don’t worry, nothing’s wrong. The Jays have a B game against the Phillies at 10 a.m. in Dunedin that day, too. Burnett is scheduled to pitch three innings in that non-Grapefruit League contest.
  • Right-handers Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen are scheduled to pitch in the B game against the Phils at 10 a.m. on Monday in Clearwater.
  • Jason Smith — Toronto’s Rule 5 Draft pick up — started at third base, but Jays manager John Gibbons plans on moving him to the outfield later in the game. Smith is trying to make Toronto’s roster as the super utility player.
  • Left fielder Reed Johnson received a cortisone shot in his back to help alleviate the stiffness. He played catch on Saturday and will begin taking BP soon. There’s no need to rush him into games when his back is tight this early in spring.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more postgame…

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