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What's new: Injuries have torn asunder their lineup with Adam Lind joining Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie on the DL. Ex-Ray Dan Johnson is a possible replacement call-up. The injuries may change their trade deadline focus from adding starting pitching to seeking more offense, though they still have Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista. The pitching overall has been good. The more immediate concern is a 1-6 West Coast road trip and a 10-21 record since June 7 that saw them go from six games ahead in the AL East to 21/2 behind.

Key stat: Scored six runs total in first five games of road trip, first time two or less in five straight games since 1996.

Connections: Jays C Dioner Navarro is a former Rays All-Star, RHP Todd Redmond is a St. Petersburg native who went to Northside Christian, RHP Drew Hutchison is a Lakeland native.

Series history: Jays lead 5-2 this season; Rays lead 149-134 overall, 85-56 at Trop.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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