Blue Jays reconfigure lineup, take Kevin Pillar out of leadoff spot

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The Blue Jays decided prior to the start of the third game of their four-game series against the Rangers on Wednesday, that Jose Bautista would serve as the leadoff hitter going forward, not Kevin Pillar, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports.

Pillar has batted leadoff in 58 of the Jays’ 70 games, but he hasn’t hit much, batting .246/.300/.400 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 305 plate appearances. Bautista hasn’t been much better, batting .221/.333/.403 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 300 PA, but he’s better at drawing walks.

The reconfiguration also allows Russell Martin to move to the No. 2 spot followed by Josh Donaldson, Justin Smoak, and Kendrys Morales.