Jansen to bat second, Springer stays sixth as Blue Jays open series against White Sox

Blue Jays manager John Schneider details why he's moving hot-hitting Danny Jansen to the 2-hole in the lineup, why he's shown he deserves a shot with his approach at the plate of late, and why nothing is set in stone given the team's struggles.

Catcher Danny Jansen will hit second in the batting order when the Toronto Blue Jays begin their three-game home series Monday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

Jansen was on the bench during Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Left fielder Daulton Varsho, who batted second Sunday, drops back down to seventh.

Meanwhile, right fielder George Springer is staying put in the No. 6 spot as the long-time leadoff man has struggled at the plate.

Springer raised his batting average above the Mendoza line to .201 with one hit — an RBI double in the fourth inning — over two at-bats Sunday. The 34-year-old also had a pair of walks and scored twice.

Starting pitcher José Berríos (4-3, 2.82 ERA) takes the mound for the Blue Jays while the White Sox will send Erick Fedde (4-0, 2.60) to the hill.

The White Sox (14-33) are reeling from a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees as they visit the Blue Jays (20-25). Watch the matinee matchup live on Sportsnet and Sportsnet+ with first pitch slated for 3:07 p.m. ET / 12:07 p.m. PT.

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