Friday, May 05, 2006

Alex Rios to Return to Lineup After a Night's Rest

Toronto manager John Gibbons' lineup Thursday looked like the old platoon situation he used earlier this season with Eric Hinske starting in right against a right-handed pitcher. But it was just a temporary switch to give a rest to everyday right fielder Alexis Rios, who is hitting .386 with six homers on the year. Rios won the full-time job after Hinske continued to underachieve at the plate, but Hinske was back in the lineup against the Red Sox for a night because Hinske historically was 8-17 against BoSox starter Matt Clement compared to Rios at 3-12. Rios started the last five games in right field and will start Friday, even though the Jays are facing Angels righty Ervin "Magic" Santana.