--OF Travis Snider was not in the starting lineup against LHP Francisco Liriano in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Twins. Manager John Farrell said that will not always be the case for Snider, who bats left-handed. "It's not going to be every left-hander, because we think Travis has the ability to hit any pitcher in this league," Farrell said. There were other factors. Snider had some soreness in his lower back and it gave INF Jayson Nix a chance to play, as he had had previous success against Liriano. Nix homered to go 4-for-9 in his career against Liriano. Snider got into the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth against RHP Kevin Slowey and hit a two-run double.
--RHP Frank Francisco, who is on the disabled list because of soreness in his right biceps and chest muscle, was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday. If all, is well he will join RHP Brandon Morrow in Dunedin, Fla., where they are scheduled to pitch Thursday for the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays in a rehabilitation assignment. Morrow is on the disabled list because of mild inflammation of the flexor muscle of the right elbow. Morrow was projected to be the No. 2 starter and Francisco was supposed to open as the closer, a position RHP Jon Rauch is holding down.
--3B Edwin Encarnacion has had a rough start after a promising spring. After losing 12 pounds and improving his fitness he was returned to third base -- where he made 18 errors last season in 95 games. He was re-signed in the offseason to back up at first base and to DH. His move to third base allowed RF Jose Bautista to return to the outfield, where his arm helps the team most. But in two games at third base, Encarnacion has made three errors, two in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Minnesota. "Neither one hurt us," manager John Farrell said. He has played one game at DH and is 2-for-12 with a sacrifice fly in the first three games of the season. Farrell said after Sunday's game that Encarnacion will be at third base for Tuesday's series opener against Oakland.
--LHP Jo-Jo Reyes became the No. 4 starter after RHP Brandon Morrow went on the disabled list because of mild inflammation in his right forearm and he will start Tuesday against Oakland. It will be his first major league start for the Blue Jays since coming to the organization after last July's trade that also brought SS Yunel Escobar. He appeared in 41 major league games with Atlanta, 37 of them starts, and was 5-15 with a 6.40 ERA. Reyes hasn't won in the majors since June 13, 2008 when he went eight innings in Atlanta's 5-2 victory over the Angels. He impressed in his first spring training with the Blue Jays and said he has matured as a pitcher. "Young guys think they have to do too much, change their game plan of what they did in Triple A," Reyes said. "They think their stuff isn't going to play up there in the major leagues and feel they have to try to do a little bit more. That's what I learned, I learned to just keep the same game plan as you had in the minor leagues -- they swing the same round bat and I still throw the same round ball."
--C Jose Molina is expected to be behind the plate Tuesday when LHP Jo-Jo Reyes makes the start against Oakland. Molina caught RHP Kyle Drabek's seven-inning one-hitter in the 6-1 win over Minnesota. Manager John Farrell said at spring training that he would like to have Molina behind the plate for Drabek and Reyes. Molina had a successful partnership with RHP Brandon Morrow last season. When Morrow returns from the disabled list, Molina is expected to catch his starts. Molina hit a home run in support of Drabek and C J.P. Arencibia hit two on opening night, a 13-3 win over the Twins, giving the Blue Jays three home runs from the catching spot in the first three games. Arencibia came close to hitting another against RHP Joe Nathan in the ninth in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Twins but it was caught at the wall in left. "I knew that they were playing no doubles, so if was going to get it over his head it was going to have to be a home run," Arencibia said. "It cut just enough to get off the barrel of the bat and that's what his pitch does."
BY THE NUMBERS
500 -- Major league hits by 1B Adam Lind after he singled against Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-1 win.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think that's the confidence that grows in that clubhouse. That's something that was spoken about during the offseason. It's genuine. Guys do believe in one another; they believe in themselves and we had a great opportunity sitting in front of us in the ninth. Even though it's the third game of the year, not an easy loss, but at the same time, I think there is belief against one of the best closers in baseball." -- Manager John Farrell, on the team's confidence when a ninth-inning rally against Twins closer Joe Nathan just fell short in Sunday's ninth-inning loss.
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