Game 131: Lineups and notes

First baseman Lyle Overbay remained away from the Blue Jays on Monday night and the club did not provide any more clarity about what is ailing him right now. Overbay has been “under the weather” since Friday and that is still the case here in Florida.

“He’s just back at the hotel,” Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston before opening up this three-game set with the Rays. “We don’t know anything yet. He’s just not feeling well. They’ve been running some tests on him to see what’s what. That’s all I know. He is here.”

Overbay did not travel with the team, but was was feeling well enough to catch a flight down to Florida on Monday morning. With him still out of the lineup, Adam Lind got another start at first base for Toronto.

Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was not in the lineup for the second straight game due to a sore back. Gaston said he had no plans of using Escobar off the bench, but he hopes the shortstop would be able to play again on Tuesday.

Center fielder Vernon Wells was also out of the lineup, but that was simply a day off. “I just got benched,” Wells joked. “Nothing’s wrong.”

Injured Blue Jays pitchers Jesse Litsch and Dustin McGowan both stopped by the visitors’ clubhouse this afternoon. Check bluejays.com later for more/

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TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY
at 7:10 p.m. ET, Tropicana Field


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (68-62, 12.0 GB AL EAST)

1. Fred Lewis, DH
2. Mike McCoy, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. John Buck, C
5. Adam Lind, 1B
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. DeWayne Wise, CF
8. John McDonald, 3B
9. Travis Snider, LF

Pitching: Brett Cecil (11-6, 3.80)


Thumbnail image for Rays2.pngRAYS (80-50, — GB AL EAST)

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Jason Bartlett, SS
3. Carl Crawford, LF
4. Evan Longoria, 3B
5. Carlos Pena, 1B
6. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
7. Ben Zobrist, RF
8. Willy Aybar, DH
9. Kelly Shoppach, C

Pitching: Wade Davis (10-9, 4.41)

–JB

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