Blue Jays give Gose first start of season

Blue Jays give Gose first start of season

TORONTO -- Anthony Gose made his first start of the season for the Blue Jays in Wednesday's series finale against the Rays.

It's only been two days since Gose was called up, but manager John Gibbons decided to get him in there in left field behind starter Mark Buehrle, who has a penchant for giving up his fair share of flyballs.

The 22-year-old Gose is known for his speed and defensive ability, and he took Melky Cabrera's place in left.

"With Melky's legs, he hasn't been running particularly well, he's been victimized by some balls out there," Gibbons said.

On top of making his first start, Gose also took over in the leadoff spot for Cabrera, who's spent the previous eight games atop the batting order. That's something that Gibbons hopes will become a permanent thing for the youngster when he starts.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.