Maddon stacks lineup with lefties

Maddon stacks lineup with lefties

TORONTO -- Albeit unconventional, Rays manager Joe Maddon opted to have four left-handed hitters in his starting lineup against Blue Jays southpaw Brad Mills in Saturday's 17-11 loss.

Dan Johnson, Matt Joyce, John Jaso and Reid Brignac were all in the lineup, hitting second, fourth, seventh and ninth, respectively. The only left-handed hitter not in the batting order was outfielder Carl Crawford, who was given a day off to recuperate from general soreness.

While Maddon had suggested playing right-handed catcher Kelly Shoppach throughout the weekend, his scouting report suggested otherwise. According to Maddon and his intel, Mills -- making only his second start of the 2010 season -- stacks up far better against righties.

"The information I got from my staff back home, the advance scouting is that this guy is kind of a reverse-split guy," Maddon said. "He's a heavy changeup guy [with] a big slow curveball, [and] he doesn't throw hard."

Mills, replacing the injured Jesse Litsch, limited the Orioles to only two hits and no runs in his previous outing on July 28.