Game 148: Toronto at Tampa Bay

ruiz2.jpgWhere has Randy Ruiz gone?

For each of the past six games, Ruiz has been absent from the Blue Jays’ lineup, leaving some to wonder if anything is wrong with the Bronx Bomber. Don’t worry, there is nothing ailing Mr. Ruiz.

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said the reason for Ruiz’s sudden disappearance from the starting lineup is simple.

Adam Lind was hit on the foot by a pitch on Sept. 11 and, after taking a day off, returned as a designated hitter to ease his way back into the mix.

Lind had been playing the outfield for the most part when Ruiz was called up. but has been back as the DH for the past six games. This being the case, Ruiz has been relegated to the bench until Gaston feels comfortable sending Lind back to the outfield, which could be soon. Tonight? It’s Johnny Mac in left.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (66-81)
Fourth place AL East, 27.5 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Jose Bautista, CF
7. Travis Snider, RF
8. Raul Chavez, C
9. John McDonald, LF 

Starter: LHP Ricky Romero (12-8, 4.22)

Thumbnail image for Rays.jpgTAMPA BAY RAYS (75-73)
Third place AL East, 19.0 GB

1. Jason Bartlett, SS
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Ben Zobrist, CF
5. Pat Burrell, DH
6. Willy Aybar, 1B
7. Gabe Kapler, RF
8. Dioner Navarro, C
9. Akinori Iwamura, 2B

Starter: RHP Matt Garza (7-10, 3.84)

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