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Rays: A day for pitching benchmarks

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.66)

Blue Jays: RH Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.83)

On Smyly: Making his fourth start as a Ray; hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of them. Has thrown at least seven innings in back-to-back starts. Hasn't allowed a run in three relief appearances against Toronto.

On Stroman: Has 6.33 ERA on the road but 2.70 ERA at home. Allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning in last game but threw nine strong innings the previous start. Has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Blue Jays vs. Smyly

Melky Cabrera 1-for-1

Colby Rasmus 1-for-1

Jose Reyes 0-for-1

On deck

Saturday: at Toronto, 1:07. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.56); Blue Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.37)

Sunday: at Toronto, 1:07. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.17); Blue Jays — RH Drew Hutchison (8-11, 4.81)

Monday: at Baltimore, 7:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-10, 3.83); Orioles — TBA

Twin one-hitters

After the Rays were held to one hit and beat the Tigers 1-0 Thursday afternoon, Triple-A Durham was held to one in a 5-2 loss to visiting Norfolk later that night. The Bulls were about to be no-hit by Mike Wright until Mikie Mahtook doubled with two outs in the ninth, scoring Hak-Ju Lee, who had walked. Cole Figueroa, who reached on an error, then scored on a wild pitch by reliever Brock Huntzinger.

Matt Baker and Marc Topkin, Times staff writers

Familiar faces

How notable ex-Rays pitchers fared in their first game against the Rays:

Edwin Jackson (Tigers): 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R in 5-3 win

Scott Kazmir (Angels): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R in 3-2 loss

James Shields (Royals): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R in 8-2 win

Matt Garza (Rangers): 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R in 6-2 loss

David Price (Tigers): 8 IP, 1 H, 1 R in 1-0 loss

Number of the day


. Hit by the Rays in Thursday's 1-0 win vs. the Tigers.

. Win with one hit in Rays franchise history.

. Loss when allowing one hit in Tigers franchise history.

. One-hit games thrown by David Price.

Quote of the day

"There had to be a surreal moment between the combatants, David (Price) and Alex (Cobb)."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on what he called "just a crazy game" Thursday

AL wild-card race

Team W-L Pct. GB

Athletics 74-52 .587—

Tigers 68-57.544—

Mariners 68-58 .5401/2

Yankees 64-61 .512 4

Team W-L Pct. GB

Blue Jays 65-62 .512 4

Indians 64-62 .508 41/2

Rays 62-65 .4887

Rays: A day for pitching benchmarks 08/21/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:37pm]
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