Brett Lawrie is batting just .146 over his last 41 at-bats.
The Blue Jays had been trying Lawrie in the leadoff spot, but, after hitting .135 (5-for-37) when batting first, he was moved down to the No. 6 spot for Thursday's game. Lawrie did have an RBI single in his first at-bat Thursday but was then retired in his next three plate appearances. "We're just trying to simplify things," hitting coach Chad Mottola said. "The way he works, he's fast-twitch and he tends to try to do more when he starts struggling and thinks that's going to help. So we're just trying to calm him down, teach him ways to calm him down."