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GameThread: Orioles @ Jays

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Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson
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We are getting closer to real baseball and the Lineups are showing it.

There was a tweet from Barry Davis saying the Dioner Navarro was taking ground balls at first base and that he played there some in the minors. I'm trying not to read it as a sign that the team isn't taking Justin Smoak north. I don't want to watch Dioner at first, ever. I see so much benefit in using Smoak. Good defense. Keep Edwin at DH and healthy. And the possibly of Smoak becoming another power bat in the lineup. But the team has to find a way to trade Navarro first. Personally, I don't need anything in return for him, just someone willing to pick up his salary and the gain of a roster spot is enough for me.

Mark Buehrle gets the start. He's had a very good spring, allowing just 3 runs in 9.2 innings. He hasn't walked a batter yet.

The game is on Sportsnet.


Lineup

BLUE JAYS
Jose Reyes, SS Nolan Reimold LF
Russell Martin, C Everth Cabrera CF
Jose Bautista, RF Jimmy Paredes 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Delmon Young DH
Josh Donaldson, 3B Dariel Alvarez RF
Dioner Navarro, DH Steve Clevenger C
Dalton Pompey, CF Jayson Nix 2B
Kevin Pillar, LF Chris Parmelee 1B
Devon Travis, 2B Paul Janish SS
Mark Buehrle, P Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

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