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Entire rotation gets a breather

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Despite Tuesday's rainout in Detroit, the Blue Jays won't alter their rotation this time around.

Each starter will just be given an extra day off between starts.

"I feel like we started to gain a little bit of rhythm with the starting rotation the last time through," manager John Farrell said. "Guys are starting to get a little bit deeper, which gives us the ability to stabilize the game on so many different fronts. We didn't contemplate skipping anyone."

The starters have been a bit of a disappointment so far and have not gone as deep into games as the Blue Jays would like. Consequently, Toronto has gone with an eight-man bullpen, cutting the bench to three players. Before first baseman Adam Lind went on the disabled list, the Blue Jays were going with two bench players who were able to play, and one of those was a catcher.

Through Toronto's 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the Blue Jays' starters rank 29th in the majors with a total of 236 innings. The starters also rank 24th with a 4.54 ERA.

Right-hander Jesse Litsch didn't help either total Wednesday. He gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings to take the loss.

Farrell was asked before Wednesday's game if he might skip some back-of-the-rotation starters to keep the front-end starters on a more regular schedule.

"We can't win the division tonight, so we have to consider that there are 120 games left," Farrell said. "It's going to take 20-plus starts from five more guys. ... This is consistent with what we said in spring training. We were going to keep the rotation on turn to build in those extra days of rest, and that's exactly what we're doing."

So instead of pitching Opening Day starter Ricky Romero on Wednesday, the Jays left him to start Thursday in the finale of the two-game series against the Rays.

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