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Sore hamstring will keep Jays' Johnson out of the lineup vs Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays batter Kelly Johnson watches his double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Toronto May 28, 2012.

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Kelly Johnson isn't in Wednesday night's starting lineup for the Toronto Blue Jays in their game against the Baltimore Orioles, but it is precautionary more than anything else.

Johnson, the Blue Jays second baseman, has been playing despite a sore left hamstring that is hampering his mobility.

He returned to the lineup Monday after sitting out two games resting the injury and Farrell said that this is just more of the same, looking ahead to the off-day the Blue Jays will enjoy on Thursday before welcoming the Boston Red Sox to town.

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"Upon his return it was almost a planned usage, to take advantage of the day off tomorrow to give him two full days," Farrell said.

Veteran Omar Vizquel will get the start at second base with Yunel Escobar shifting into the leadoff spot in the batting order normally occupied by Johnson.

Colby Rasmus, who is batting .342 (13-for-38) with five doubles, one triple and two home runs over his last nine contests, will hit out of the two slot for the four time in the last five games.

"Regardless of where he's at in the lineup I just think the last ten days he swung the bat with much more aggression and much more confidence," Farrell said.

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