Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays-Blue Jays preview

.up next

At Blue Jays


What's new: The Blue Jays have stumbled recently, falling to four games out of the American League's second wild-card spot thanks to a 5-12 record this month. Toronto's 4.99 ERA this month was the third worst in the league entering Thursday, and its 56 runs scored in August ranked last. Melky Cabrera ranks among the AL leaders in batting (.314), runs scored (77), doubles (33) and hits (162). Toronto also has two of the league leaders in home runs: Edwin Encarnacion has 27, and Jose Bautista has 24. Casey Janssen's 19 saves were eighth in the AL.

Key stat: Toronto has been off to slow starts lately, losing its past five series openers. The Blue Jays have also been outscored 13-2 in the first inning of their past five games.

Connections: Jays 1B Dan Johnson (on the DL) is a former Ray, and C Dioner Navarro is a former Rays All-Star. RHP Todd Redmond is a St. Petersburg native. Rays C Jose Molina is a former Jay.

Series history: Rays lead 150-135 overall; Jays lead 78-64 in Toronto.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Rays-Blue Jays preview 08/21/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Wilson Ramos feeling good and confident, eyeing late June return to Rays


    Sitting on the bench in the Rays dugout in his full catcher's gear, Wilson Ramos talked excitedly Tuesday about the progress in his recovery from right knee surgery and the potential to be back in the major leagues by this time next month.

    "I feel like a player right now,'' Ramos said.

    Wilson Ramos is aiming to be back with the Rays by this time next month.
  2. Tampa lands Super Bowl in 2021


    Tampa's Super again. Or at least it will be soon.

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 

Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  3. Why Ryan Fitzpatrick may solve the puzzle for Bucs at backup quarterback


    Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to leave One Buc Place following Thursday’s off-season workout and fly home to New Jersey in time to teach a class of 10 second and third grade students how to solve the Rubiks Cube.

    The Bucs are hoping Ryan Fitzpatrick can provide the solution to their puzzle at backup quarterback behind starter Jameis Winston.
  4. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Cobb leading the way


    UPDATE, 5:32: 2B Brad Miller (abdominal strain) is not doing much in the way of baseball activity yet so that means he won't be ready when eligible to come off the DL on Friday. ... SS Matt Duffy (left heel) said he is still slowed by the big left toe he bruised taking BP on Saturday and does not have a date to …

    Alex Cobb will start tonight when the Rays play the Angels.
  5. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron


    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)