Fantasy Football 2014:

Blue Jays' new-look lineup produces impressive results

The SportsXchange

In baseball, one game does not make a trend, except perhaps in late October.

Just the same, the Toronto Blue Jays' revamped lineup looked good Tuesday in a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

After a slow start to the night, Brett Lawrie, batting leadoff for the first time as a professional, had three hits and scored three runs.

Colby Rasmus, batting second for the fifth time, had a career-best five hits, including a two-run homer, and finished with four runs and three RBI.

Rasmus has been somewhat of a bust since joining Toronto in a trade with the Cardinals last July, but he is showing signs of realizing the potential so many see in him.

Rasmus is batting .500 (12-for-24) with four homers and nine RBI as the No. 2 hitter. He also has batted well in the No. 8 spot, hitting .289 (22-for-76) with an .885 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, three homers and 10 RBI in 22 games.

There figures to be a lot of chatter about speed at the top of lineup, but four of the runs scored on home run trots, as David Cooper also contributed a two-run blast. Another run was scored at an even slower pace, coming on a bases-loaded walk to Cooper in the first inning.

"Tonight, they fell in for me, which is nice," Rasmus said. "I felt comfortable at the plate with what I was trying to do with my approach, and it worked out."

"I had a little stint where I was struggling a little a bit, which is going to happen. I was able to change something, move up on the plate. Getting a little older, a little wiser, learning to make adjustments based on how the pitchers are pitching you."

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