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Rays-Blue Jays Friday game preview

Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

7:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game time

Promotion: $15 lower-level tickets for students 18 and older

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (season debut)

JAYS: LH Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.22)

On Cobb: Makes first big-league start since Sept. 28, 2014, having recovered from May 2015 Tommy John surgery. Was 0-3, 6.65 in eight rehab starts, the most recent his best. Is 2-2, 4.63 vs. Jays.

On Liriano: Is 1-1, 3.97 in four starts since being acquired from Pirates, beating Twins on Friday. Has allowed 79 walks and 136 hits in 1361/3 innings. Is 2-3, 4.93 in eight starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. LIRIANO

Corey Dickerson 1-for-2

Matt Duffy 3-for-6

Logan Forsythe 2-for-3

Evan Longoria 5-for-16

JAYS VS. COBB

Jose Bautista 3-for-7

Josh Donaldson 3-for-13

Edwin Encarnacion 3-for-9 HR

Russell Martin 1-for-8

On deck

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 6:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (4-7, 3.56); Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (9-5, 4.58)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-17, 4.10); Jays — TBA

Monday: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19); Orioles — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.56); Orioles — TBA

Sept. 7: vs. Orioles, 1:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (6-11, 4.94); Orioles — TBA

Good deeds

• Today, the Rays will take part in MLB's "Childhood Cancer Awareness Day," wearing special T-shirts for batting practice that will be signed and sold via raysbaseball.com/auction, with proceeds benefitting the Tampa-based National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

• On Sunday, the Rays Wives host their annual drive for pet food (Science Diet) and supplies, as well as a silent auction of memorabilia from Rays and other big-leaguers, including Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, with proceeds benefitting the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. The items are also available for bidding online at raysbaseball.com/auction.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Blue Jays Friday game preview 09/01/16 [Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2016 9:00pm]
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