CLEVELAND -- Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia received his first day off on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.
Arencibia had caught all 28 innings that were played during the first two games against the Indians. That prompted manager John Farrell to give him a brief period of rest in order to remain fresh for the club's upcoming homestand.
As a result, veteran backstop Jeff Mathis got his first start on Sunday in a Toronto uniform following an offseason trade with the Angels.
"We're going to ride J.P.," Farrell said. "But at the same time, my view at that position -- and not to take anything away from either guy -- that second catcher, it's a two-man position, and we're fortunate we've got a very capable one in Mathis."
Arencibia hit the go-ahead home run on Thursday night that secured Toronto's 7-4 victory in 16 innings. The 26-year-old is 1-for-12 with three RBIs in two games this year.
Mathis, who is known for his defensive work behind the plate, hit just .174 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 93 games last season with the Angels.