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Blue Jays C Russell Martin gets a day of rest on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Astros. It appears to just be a rest day for Martin, who started the last two games and seven of the last eight behind the plate.

Josh Thole catch Drew Hutchison and hit eighth in the batting order.

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Russell Martin replaced by Josh Thole in Blue Jays' lineup
by Shawn Krest |

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Boston. 

Josh Thole replaces Martin in the lineup for the fourth time this year and second time in the last 10 games. 

Thole will bat ninth in the order. Kevin Pillar moves up one spot in the order to replace Martin in the five-hole. 

The Blue Jays are -120 money line favorites at home against Boston. 

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Russell Martin out, Josh Thole in for Blue Jays on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin received the day off Monday against the Yankees after catching the last four games. Martin has been a nice addition for Toronto, both offensively and defensively. He has five home runs and 15 RBI through his first 23 games of the season.

Josh Thole replaced Martin behind the dish on Monday, as he typically does when knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is on the mound. Expect Martin to return to action on Tuesday. 

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Gibbons: Dickey won't have personal catcher with Navarro on the DL
by Igor Mello |

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will not have a designated personal catcher while Dioner Navarro is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, per the National Post.

Navarro was Dickey's battery mate this season. Toronto called up Josh Thole from Triple-A, who is familiar with Dickey's work. He caught the majority of the knuckleballer's starts during his run with the Mets. Gibbons said he's leaning on having Thole behind the plate catching Dickey on Friday, per

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C Thole shuffled back from Buffalo by Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin |

The Blue Jays have promoted catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo. Thole will serve as the backup to Russell Martin while Dioner Navarro is on the mend.

Thole batted .248 with no home runs in 133 at-bats for Toronto a year ago.

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