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GDB 59.0: One day after playing third base, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. returns to first as Blue Jays open series against Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
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Zach Laing
12 days ago
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The Vladimir Guerrero Jr. experience at third base has come to an end.
At least for now.
After making his first start at the hot corner in 1,710 days — four years, eight months, one week and three days, for those counting at home — Guerrero Jr. has returned to his usual post at first base.
It’s not for a poor performance, as he didn’t look out of sorts Sunday as the Jays took down the Orioles 5-4. He made a few nice plays, including a sharp throw in the top of the eighth all the way from short to get Yasmani Grandal out at first.
The plan is for Guerrero Jr. to play third base to help bring some other bats into the mix, including Daniel Vogelbach.
“If they need me for a long time at third, I’m going to be at third,” he said, via Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. “If they don’t need me for a long time, I’m going to be at first again. Right now I feel good. If they need me catching, I don’t know if I can do that, but I’ll do everything for my team.”
The Jays now shift their focus to the Baltimore Orioles, a team who has given them fits in recent years. This game marks the third between the two sides this season, splitting two games in the middle of May.
Kevin Gausman takes the mound for the Jays, while Grayson Rodriguez does for the O’s.

First pitch: 7:07 p.m. EST.
TV & Radio: Sportsnet, SN590.

Starting pitchers:

NameTeamGS
W
L
IP
ERA
xERA
ERA-
FIP
WHIP
K/9
BB/9
Kevin GausmanTOR114354.14.144.721083.111.369.282.32
Grayson RodriguezBAL95251.03.533.79933.441.3310.763.71

Lineups:


BLUE JAYS:
  1. D Schneider (R) 2B
  2. D Jansen (R) C
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. D Vogelbach (L) DH
  5. B Bichette (R) SS
  6. G Springer (R) RF
  7. D Varsho (L) LF
  8. I Kiner-Falefa (R) 3B
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF

ORIOLES:
  1. G Henderson (L) SS
  2. A Rutschman (S) C
  3. R Mountcastle (R) 1B
  4. R O’Hearn (L) DH
  5. A Santander (S) RF
  6. J Westburg (R) 3B
  7. C Cowser (L) CF
  8. A Hays (R) LF
  9. C Norby (R) 2B

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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