NEW YORK — The Matt Stairs trade was officially announced today, but there’s still no word on who is coming to the Jays in return. All that’s being revealed at this point is that Stairs did indeed go to the Phillies for a player to be named.
Now, the waiting begins for Toronto’s three shortstops. Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi is still talking to the Angels about a deal that could send one of David Eckstein, John McDonald or Marco Scutaro to L.A.
Here today, Eckstein is starting at short for the first time since July 26. Could the Jays be showcasing him? More like Toronto is trying anything to squeeze a little more offense from their lifeless bats (three runs in the past three games).
“It gives David a chance to play,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. “It just mixes our lineup a little bit. We’re not scoring any runs, so I thought I’d put a few different faces out there today.”
That included Jose Bautista (riding an 0-for-26 slump), starting at third base instead of Scott Rolen. Gaston said Rolen was fine, but the skipper just wanted to give him a rest since the Jays are playing a day game after a night game.
TORONTO (68-66) at NEW YORK (72-62)
at 1:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium
Joe Inglett, 2B
David Eckstein, SS
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Adam Lind, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Jose Bautista, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C
Travis Snider, DH
PITCHING: LHP John Parrish (1-0, 4.05)
Johnny Damon, CF
Derek Jeter, SS
Bobby Abreu, RF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jason Giambi, 1B
Xavier Nady, LF
Hideki Matsui, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Ivan Rodriguez, C
PITCHING: RHP Darrell Rasner (5-9, 5.03)