Blue Jays announce lineup for Game 1 of AL wild-card series vs. Rays

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins discusses the significance of Game 1 vs. Game 2 in setting the rotation and bullpen arms vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, and why it's such new ground with this 3-game series.

The Toronto Blue Jays have chosen who they’ll go to war with as they kick off Game 1 of their American League wild-card series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

Pint-sized slugger Alejandro Kirk draws into the club’s lineup and will get the start at designated hitter, while trade-deadline acquisition Jonathan Villar will play second base. The Blue Jays are trotting out eight right-handed hitters after lead-off man Cavan Biggio against Rays ace Blake Snell.

The full starting lineup is as follows:

Third base: Cavan Biggio

Shortstop: Bo Bichette

Centre field: Randal Grichuk

First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Left field: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Right field: Teoscar Hernandez

Second base: Jonathan Villar

Designated hitter: Alejandro Kirk

Catcher: Danny Jansen

Pitcher: Matt Shoemaker

Catch Game 1 of the Blue Jays’ series vs. the Rays on Tuesday night at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Sportsnet and SN Now.

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