For starters, Rays at Jays, at end of the road
UPDATE, 12:06: Maddon said with Jays starter Ricky Romero profiling about the same against right- and left-handed hitters, he decided primarily to go with the hitters he felt were swinging well, and wanted to take a look at new OF Ben Francisco. ... Maddon said there was no update on Jeff Niemann, though the tigthness/soreness was in the upper shoulder area, calling it "general shoulder malaise." Niemann was not available to reporters before today's game as he was in the trainer's room. ... RHP Brandon Gomes is here and available to pitch, though Maddon said both Fernando Rodney, who got a five-out save on Saturday, and Joel Peralta are available today. Gomes is more likely to be used in a blowout.
UPDATE, 11:16: Ben Francisco makes his first start today, and Jeff Keppinger is at DH.
BREAKING: A rugged seven-day road trip comes to an end today with the Rays looking to split the four-game series with the last-place Jays and head home 3-4 overall, with the first-place Yankees waiting at the Trop.
The Rays will have ace David Price on the mound, who is looking for a bounce back of his own after a rough outing in Texas in which he lasted only four innings.
The Rays are coming off a pair of thrilling games, just the
the first two
second and third , in fact, in their 2,396-game history, in which the tying run was thrown out at the plate for the final out. And it happened with the Rays losing on Friday and then winning on Saturday. (The only previous time they lost , 5-4 at Boston on May 28, 2006, when Joey Gathright was thrown out to end it.)
Because the bullpen had to cover 5 2/3 innings on Saturday, RHP Brandon Gomes was called up to add an extra arm. Because it is after the Sept. 1 roster expansion, no corresponding move is needed.
Lineups when available.