Snider, Thames continue left field competition

Snider, Thames continue left field competition

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Both Travis Snider and Eric Thames started in the Blue Jays' 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday. Snider was the designated hitter and Thames played in left.

Both Snider and Thames are battling for the starting position in left field, with the loser probably being sent to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Snider went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and two strikeouts. He is now batting .296 with a team-leading 12 RBIs in nine spring games.

Thames went 2-for-4, including an RBI single and a double. He has a .320 batting average this spring in nine games.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has stated in recent days the importance of Thames coming off a 2011 season in which he started 77 games in the outfield, including 53 in left.