Blue Jays bats must be better this season

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits a home run in the first inning against the Phillies in Clearwater,...

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits a home run in the first inning against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., Wednesday, February 26, 2014. (USA TODAY/PHOTO)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

The lineup went up Wednesday morning on the Blue Jay clubhouse bulletin board and, to steal a line from Yogi-speak, “it was deja vu all over again.”

Leadoff man Jose Reyes was followed by left fielder Melky Cabrera, the table setters for boppers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. DH Adam Lind was in the five-hole ahead of third baseman Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus. Catcher Dioner Navarro and second baseman Ryan Goins, the only new faces, took the places of J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis.

It was a lineup almost identical to the one the Jays hoped would take the American League by storm last year. It was a lineup that only appeared on the field for a handful of games all season.

“We’ll see how it looks,” said manager John Gibbons. “We can adjust some things. It’s basically what we looked at last year, aside from Navarro. It’s good lineup.”

 


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