Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Buehrle tasked with cooling off Rays on JRD

Fresh off a milestone victory, Mark Buehrle will take the mound for the Blue Jays in the third game of their four-game series against the Rays -- who have won four in a row -- at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, which is also Jackie Robinson Day around the Majors.
The veteran left-hander recorded his 200th career win last week in a victory over the Orioles. He'll oppose lefty Erasmo Ramirez, who's made one appearance this season. He allowed seven earned runs on six hits in two innings of relief against Miami last week.
Things to know about this game
• Desmond Jennings will not start in the field Wednesday, according to Rays manager Kevin Cash, who wants to do what he can to help keep players off the artificial surface from time to time. He added that Jennings not starting in the outfield "can change." Thus, Brandon Guyer will be in left field and the rest of the lineup will look more normal than the all right-handed lineup he started Tuesday night against left-hander Daniel Norris.
Jennings, who has a .409 career average against Buehrle, will be the Rays' DH.
• Buehrle's presence on the mound Wednesday means Dioner Navarro will likely start behind the plate. Navarro, the former Rays player, typically only gets the catching start when Buehrle takes the ball.
He was the everyday catcher before the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin in the offseason. Because of Navarro's strong relationship with Buehrle -- and the fact Martin is catching R.A. Dickey's knuckleballs -- it makes sense to have Navarro catch every time the veteran lefty takes the mound.
Martin is mired in an 0-for-21 slump. Toronto's everyday backstop is batting .043 and hasn't collected a hit since the season opener against the Yankees.

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