Jays take right-handed approach

Jays take right-handed approach

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays took a decided lean to the right for their game against the Rangers and left-handed starter Derek Holland on Wednesday.

The only left-handed hitter in the lineup was Adam Lind and Jays manager Cito Gaston nearly didn't start him. But Lind was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs against Holland prior to Wednesday's game, so Gaston put him at first base instead of Lyle Overbay, who also bats left-handed.

Jose Molina started at catcher but John Buck, who does most of the catching, kept his bat in the lineup as the designated hitter. Outfielders Travis Snider and DeWayne Wise did not start and Jose Bautista, who has been playing third base in recent games, moved back to right field. Mike McCoy played left field and Jarrett Hoffpauir started at third.

"I was trying to get as many right-handed hitters in there as I could," Gaston said. "In fact, I wasn't going to play Lind, but then he's got some good numbers off this kid. So I decided to play him too. I was going to get some other right-handers in there, but just changed my mind."

The Blue Jays have had difficulties against left-handed starters this season. They entered Wednesday's game 11-18 when the opposing team started a left-hander.

Holland's only two appearances against Toronto came last season. He made his Major League debut against the Blue Jays on April 22, 2009, and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief at Rogers Centre. Holland started against Toronto in Texas on Aug. 31, 2009, and allowed 10 earned runs in a game the Blue Jays won, 18-10.

Holland allowed three hits and struck out eight in five innings in the Rangers' 8-1 win on Wednesday.