Chris Getz was scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup prior to the game’s first pitch. A bruised middle finger on the second baseman’s right hand was given as the reason for his absence.
Brent Lillibridge replaced Getz in the field and in the leadoff spot. Lillibridge was scheduled to start in center and hit second against Toronto left-hander Brian Burres, with Brian Anderson in right and Jermaine Dye getting moved to designated hitter with Jim Thome receiving a one-game respite. The Getz scratch gave Jerry Owens a rare start in center, hitting ninth.