Saturday, March 25, 2006

Hinske and Rios Vie for Everyday Job

Toronto's Eric Hinske, a lefty, and Alexis Rios, a righty, will start the season in a right-field platoon, but the arrangement likely will not last. Management hopes Hinske, who has never played the outfield in the majors, can finally live up to the hyperbole and win the everyday job, or else sit down in favor of Rios, the former Eastern League player of the year. The Blue Jays want power from one of the two, and Hinske has five homers this spring compared to Rios' one.