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Blue Jays take field with potential Opening Day lineup


DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays unveiled what could be their Opening Day lineup during Wednesday afternoon's game against the Astros.

As expected, Toronto used Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the top four spots. They were followed by Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia and Emilio Bonifacio.

It was the first time the Blue Jays utilised the majority -- if not all -- of their starters in one game this spring but it's something that likely will happen more as the spring progresses.

"I've been trying to give them all two days in a row and then a day off," manager John Gibbons said. "It's a long spring, we want to get them at-bats and get them used to each other because a few of them are going to be leaving (for the World Baseball Classic).

"So, two days on, one day off, and then the last couple of weeks we'll have them out there pretty much every day."

Gibbons likely will continue to tinker with the lineup throughout the Grapefruit League season but the only major change could come at second base where Maicer Izturis is still competing with Bonifacio for the starting job.

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