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Farrell does some lineup shuffling vs. Yanks

Farrell does some lineup shuffling vs. Yanks

Farrell does some lineup shuffling vs. Yanks
NEW YORK -- Manager John Farrell was forced to unveil a different lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees after All-Star slugger Jose Bautista landed on the 15-day disabled list.

Rajai Davis was penciled in as the leadoff hitter, which shifted Brett Lawrie, who has assumed the role in the top spot since early June, into the three-hole -- Bautista's normal spot in the order.

Farrell said in no way is the lineup he put together for Tuesday set in stone moving forward. He wanted Davis leading off with left-hander C.C. Sabathia on the hill and had to find a way to keep Lawrie in the top portion of the order.

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Ben Francisco got the start in right, batting seventh, while Kelly Johnson hit out of the eight-hole, a move designed to split up the right-handers and lefties with a southpaw on the mound.

With top prospect Anthony Gose being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Bautista on the 25-man roster, Farrell said there are a number of different orders he could construct.

The main thing he wants to do, however, is keep Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind in the middle of the order, and Colby Rasmus and Lawrie toward the top.

Who hits leadoff will be the main thing Farrell has to decide.

"His skill set clearly profiles as a leadoff guy," Farrell said about Gose, who leads the Pacific Coast League with 29 stolen bases. "There is also another scenario where we could run Rajai in the leadoff spot full-time and keep Brett in the three-hole as he is [Tuesday].

"We have some options, some skill sets we can take advantage of. You put Gose's athleticism into this mix, it has a chance to be an exciting group -- provided they get on base and they can do some things athletically."

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