This could be the last game of the Blue Jays’ season. If it is, they are once again going with a former 50-HR man in the leadoff spot. Bautista has done this before the playoffs to varying degrees of success. For now it’s all about shaking him out of a slump: he’s 1-for-17 with no extra-base hits since homering in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the AL Division Series.
Manager John Gibbons made one lineup change from yesterday: he has flip-flopped Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar in the seventh and eighth spots. Godspeed, Toronto:
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Michael Saunders (L) DH
7. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B
For his part, Terry Francona is repeating his Game 3 lineup, which was also his Game 1 lineup:
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
7. Coco Crisp (S) LF
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C
The game gets going just after 4pm Eastern time.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.