Lineup gets makeover for Sunday's tilt
Manager Gibbons mixes it up for series finale vs. Rangers
ARLINGTON -- The Blue Jays had Aaron Hill in the No. 2 hole for the fourth time this season on Sunday.
That's the spot in the lineup manager John Gibbons believes Hill is best suited for.
"He's off to such a good start this year," Gibbons said. "Ideally, that's the spot for him."
The numbers agree with Gibbons. Hill is 5-for-13 with four RBIs and two runs scored this season when hitting in the two-spot.
Other lineup changes for Gibbons on Sunday included giving shortstop David Eckstein his second day off this season, a day after being hit by a pitch in the Blue Jays 4-1 win over Texas on Saturday. Gibbons said Eckstein wasn't injured after getting beaned.
Rod Barajas started his fourth game at catcher for the Jays, relieving Gregg Zaun for the day game.
It was somewhat of a homecoming for Barajas, though, after spending the 2004-06 seasons with the Rangers as their starting catcher.
Other non-regulars getting the nod on Sunday were left fielder Shannon Stewart and shortstop John McDonald.
"You just got to keep them all working," Gibbons said.
Drew Davison is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.