Gaston: Top four in batting order set
Manager Cito Gaston on the first day of pitchers and catchers has changed his mind about moving his two most productive hitters Aaron Hill and Adam Lind to third and fourth in the batting order. Instead, he will leave them batting 2-3 and try to open the season with Vernon Wells in the cleanup spot. In addition, the frontrunner to be the leadoff man is right fielder Jose Bautista who hit there when Marco Scutaro was injured near the end of the 2009 season.
As far as Gaston is concerned, it's all about comfort.
"I've preached it a lot and I've lived by it too, I like to keep people comfortable," Gaston said on Monday. "I played this game and if you're not comfortable where you are, sometimes you don't perform.
"Even though I said I would try it in spring training, then I'm messing with their minds. Hill would do it in a second, but he's just going to put more pressure on himself. I want him to be himself. When Lind gets here I'll make sure I talk to him."
Lind has been here for a couple of weeks already.