Pearce is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Pearce has been hot at the plate in August -- slashing .321/.422/.547 with two homers and an 11:9 K:BB through 15 games -- but he'll head to the bench for a breather after starting six contests in a row. Norichika Aoki will take over for him in left field, batting eighth.
Pearce went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rays. The veteran continues to produce in August, hitting .317 (13-for-41) in 12 games with two homers, five RBI and 10 runs. Pearce will still sit against tough right-handers as the Jays try to keep him healthy and give him plenty of rest, but his .817 OPS and 12 home runs in 73 games on the year will keep him in left field on most nights with the team fighting for a playoff spot.
Pearce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Pearce will hit the bench following a string of five consecutive starts, opening up a spot in the corner outfield for Ezequiel Carrera. With a .272/.364/.489 line since the All-Star break, Pearce seems to have earned a full-time role for the Blue Jays and could make for an attractive pickup in mixed leagues where he's still sitting on the waiver wire.
Pearce is not in the lineup for Sunday's game in Houston. The outfielder has been running hot lately, but he'll cede left field to Norichika Aoki for a day. Pearce has played in 29 of the Jays' last 31 games, so he's due for a rest -- and with no game Monday, the veteran will get two days off. Expect Pearce back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Pearce went 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs and a walk in Wednesday's win over the White Sox. Not only did the outfielder smoke his 11th bomb of the year, but Wednesday's homer was his third in the last seven days. Pearce's fine week has included two walkoff grand slams, 10 RBI and four runs. Maybe more encouraging than his assault on the box score is the veteran's recently improved plate discipline. Pearce has struck out just three times in his last 35 plate appearances after going down by strikes in 22 percent of his plate appearances prior to July 26.
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