Blue Jays name roster for WC game vs. O's

Blue Jays name roster for WC game vs. O's

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have settled on their 25-man roster for Tuesday's American League Wild Card game against the Orioles, and Toronto will carry an abundance of pitching.

The Blue Jays named 10 pitchers, seven infielders, six outfielders and two catchers to their final roster.

Toronto will carry seven right-handed pitchers and three southpaws.

"Really, [the Orioles] have a power-packed offensive line," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You know, there may come a time when we need a big key out for somebody, and send a right-hander, left-hander. So it gives us some more options down there, no doubt."

In addition to Tuesday's starter Marcus Stroman, Toronto will also carry righty relievers Roberto Osuna, Jason Grilli, Joe Biagini, Ryan Tepera, Scott Feldman and starter Marco Estrada, who last saw action against the Red Sox on Friday.

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Toronto also named left-handers Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup and Francisco Liriano. Liriano, who was in the running to start Tuesday's game, could be used to as a situational lefty in the late innings or could see extended time if Stroman falters early.

"With Estrada and Liriano, you get some innings out of them, too," Gibbons said. "It's not just a hitter or two, maybe. The game goes extra innings, you never know. But if something happens to Stroman early on, you get some coverage."

Due to the nature of the one-game format, Toronto did not name starters J.A. Happ or Aaron Sanchez to the Wild Card roster. Teams can change their roster at the end of every round, so the Blue Jays will have the opportunity to modify their roster should they advance to the American League Division Series against the Rangers.

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Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Devon Travis and Edwin Encarnacion are all expected to start on Tuesday and were among the infielders named to Toronto's contingent. In addition, Gibbons also named first baseman Justin Smoak, as well as utility infielders Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins.

The Blue Jays will carry all of their regular outfielders, including Kevin Pillar, Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders, in addition to Ezequiel Carrera, Melvin Upton Jr. and potential late-game pinch-runner Dalton Pompey.

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Catcher Russell Martin is expected to get the start behind the plate, with the switch-hitting Dioner Navarro backing him up.

Tuesday's game starts at 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet, RDS and TBS. The Blue Jays went 10-9 against the Orioles this season, including 5-4 at Rogers Centre.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.