Rios rests from Jays' starting lineup

Rios rests from starting lineup

BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons tinkered with his lineup for Monday's tilt against the Orioles in order to provide a day off for right fielder Alex Rios.

With Rios on the bench for the first time this season, Gibbons slotted second baseman Aaron Hill into the right fielder's customary No. 3 spot in the batting order. Veteran outfielder Matt Stairs started in right field and batted second.

Had Rios been in the lineup, Gibbons would've likely kept Hill -- batting .326 entering Monday -- in the No. 2 hole, where the second baseman started in each of the past three games in Texas. When asked about Hill hitting second, Gibbons noted that he's "starting to like it more and more."

During Toronto's past three games -- a sweep of the Rangers on the road -- Rios went just 1-for-7 at the plate, lowering his average to .273. Rios, who launched a career-high 24 home runs and played 161 games last season, has no home runs through 12 games this year.

Gibbons also elected to keep Joe Inglett in the lineup at third base and in the No. 9 hole. Since being called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, Inglett has gone 4-for-8 at the plate with three RBIs entering Monday's game against the Orioles. With Inglett in the starting lineup, Marco Scutaro remained on the bench.

Catcher Rod Barajas, who tweaked a groin while running the bases in the sixth inning Sunday's win against Texas, was on the bench for Monday's contest. Gibbons indicated that Barajas was available, if needed, and the injury wasn't serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list.

"We don't need to DL him," Gibbons said about Barajas. "He's all right. If we needed him, he could play."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.