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. Lightning's Steve Yzerman enjoying Nikita Kucherov's scoring run

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, of Russia, celebrates after scoring a goal on the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  2. Bucs journal: Offense needs to get off to a faster start


    TAMPA — The past two games have seen the Bucs offense muster furious rallies in the fourth quarter of losses, with 229 yards against the Patriots and a franchise-record 27 points against the Cardinals.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  3. NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues


    NEW YORK — NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive."

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  4. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'


    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.
  5. Fennelly: Longtime Bucs fans, we want to hear from you


    Calling all Bucs fans! Calling all Bucs fans!

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Chandler Jones during the Bucs' loss to the Cardinals Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.