Rays at Jays, on a holiday (but not in Canada)

UPDATE, 6:24: Bartlett said the plan is for him to start doing light drills the next two days and return to action on Friday in Texas, though manager Joe Maddon raised the possibility he could be used on a limited basis the next two nights. ... Joyce was optioned so he could play regularly at Durham but after all this time still is not able to throw unrestricted to the bases. ... The Rays were very curious about how the new Astroturf played at the Rogers Centre, with the initial conclusions from infield coach Tom Foley that it was "bouncier and faster" than the FieldTurf they have at the Trop. Also, head groundskeeper Dan Moeller is here to check out the turf as the Rays - as we reported previously - are considering switching to Astroturf for next season.

Jays lineup:
Lewis lf
Hill 2b
Lind dh
Wells cf
Bautista rf
Gonzalez ss
Overbay 1b
Encarnacion 3b
Molina c
Morrow p

UPDATE, 3:43: SS Jason Bartlett is out of the lineup again due to his mild hamstring strain as expected, with Reid Brignac starting again at shortstop.

The lineup:
Zobrist rf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Jaso c
Blalock dh
Upton cf
Brignac ss
Rodriguez 2b
Garza p

 

DEVELOPING: The Rays made quite an arrival in Canada Sunday night, greeted by three network TV crews featuring their dress in hockey jerseys. Here's a link to the TSN report.

And they've already made some news today, deciding that OF Matt Joyce (right elbow sprain) had enough rehab at Class A Charlotte after all, so they instead activated him from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Durham. C Kelly Shoppach (right knee surgery) is with Durham as well to start his rehab, which is expected to last one week.

Because it's Memorial Day (in the States anyway), the Rays are going to wear a white stars and stripes hat.

Also, the Jays have named LHP Brian Tallet to start Tuesday's game, filling a hole in their rotation. 

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