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Johnson, Escobar thrive after lineup swap

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--SS Yunel Escobar and 2B Kelly Johnson exchanged places in the batting order for Wednesday afternoon's 11-5 win over the Rangers. Johnson moved into the leadoff spot, and Escobar was dropped to the No. 2 position, where Johnson had been batting. That order was tried in spring training for a few games, but when the season opened, Escobar was in the leadoff spot. However, Escobar's on-base percentage has been lower than normal, and his batting average is .234 after he went 3-for-5 with a three-run triple Wednesday. Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.

--RHP Joel Carreno, recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas before the game, pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the win. Carreno made one appearance for Toronto earlier this season, allowing four runs in six innings during an April 8 start at Cleveland.

--LHP Evan Crawford was optioned to Class AAA Las Vegas after allowing two runs in four innings over five major league appearances. He had a 0.00 ERA in three appearances for Las Vegas before he was recalled April 22.

--LHP Ricky Romero is the first Blue Jays pitcher to start a season 4-0 since RHP Scott Richmond in 2009. He allowed five runs in eight innings, improving his career record against Texas to 3-1 in Toronto's 11-5 victory on Wednesday. LF Brandon Snyder homered against Romero in the second inning, ending a string of 30 1/3 innings Romero had pitched against the Rangers without allowing a home run. Romero has a 1.93 ERA against Texas in five starts.

--DH Edwin Encarnacion, who played first base Wednesday, hit his ninth homer of the season in the sixth inning against Rangers RHP Scott Feldman. He has hit home runs in five of six games. Encarnacion is on a season-high, eight-game hitting streak.

--OF Travis Snider was placed on the seven-day disabled list at Class AAA Las Vegas after experiencing some soreness in the right wrist that he jammed while trying to make a diving catch last week. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said the DL stay was more of a precautionary move. "It's more managing the symptoms," Farrell said. "Nothing has changed as far as the initial evaluation. One, we needed the roster spot in Triple-A, and then, two, we didn't want to rush this." The 24-year-old is batting .400 with four homers, 23 RBI and a 1.170 OPS over 19 games.

--OF Rajai Davis was removed from Wednesday's 11-5 win over the Rangers with a strained left hip flexor. "It's a strain. There's no deficiencies or indents that sometimes a muscle pull can indicate," manager John Farrell said. "He's day-to-day at this point." Davis started in center field and was 1-for-2 before regular CF Colby Rasmus replaced him.

BY THE NUMBERS
5 -- Home runs by DH Edwin Encarnacion over his past six games. He has 11 RBI in that stretch.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's been tremendous. He's having fun. Just to think what happened to him last year -- the boos he was receiving in this stadium. To see him succeed and the way he has come and overcame all that stuff, it's been tremendous." --LHP Ricky Romero, on DH Edwin Encarnacion who hit his ninth homer of the season in Wednesday's 11-5 victory over the Rangers.

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