Jack Zduriencik knew the questions would be coming about his long relationship with slugger Prince Fielder and the synergy of Fielder being a free agent and the Seattle Mariners needing an influx of power.
John Jaso hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth after Carlos Pena had another rare clutch playoff hit for Tampa Bay, and the Rays avoided elimination in the AL division series with a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Pudgy catchers with zero history at the top of the order don't usually get cast in a leadoff role in the midst of a pennant race. But in Tampa, where alternatives don't exist, John Jaso has been pushed to the fore, and he's not doing so badly.
Jason Bartlett and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece during a seven-run eighth inning, John Jaso hit his first major league homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 on Saturday night.