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Rays-Blue Jays preview

The dish Rays vs. Blue Jays

4:05 today, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: ESPN2, Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: Sold out; for Rays information, raysbaseball.com or 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Promotion: Schedule magnet, all fans

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (12-13, 3.23 in 2015)

JAYS: RH Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 in 2015)

On Archer: Makes second opening day start, after making first All-Star team and breaking team strikeout record. Is 5-3, 3.26 in career-most 15 starts vs. right-handed heavy Blue Jays, with 85 Ks in 91 IP.

On Stroman: Made impressive September return from spring left knee injury/surgery. Made quick rise to staff ace at age 24. Has 15-6, 3.31 career mark, 1-1, 5.73 in two 2014 starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. STROMAN

Hank Conger 1-for 3, HR

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-5

Evan Longoria 3-for-5, HR

Steve Pearce 3-for-5, HR

JAYS VS. ARCHER

Jose Bautista 5-for-33, HR

Josh Donaldson 2-for-17 (5Ks)

E. Encarnacion 5-for-36, 3 HRs

Justin Smoak 6-for-19, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (5-2, 3.11 in 2015); Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91)

Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-9, 3.35 in 2015); Jays — RH Aaron Sanchez (7-6, 3.22)

Wednesday: vs. Jays, 1:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (3-4, 5.43); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (11-8, 3.61)

Thursday: Off

Numbers of the day

8 Opening day starts for 3B Evan Longoria, tying Carl Crawford's club record.

14 Consecutive opening days in which Rays starting pitcher is under 30.

15 Opening days in a Rays uniform for bench coach Tom Foley, extending his club record.

17 Different designated hitters used by Rays in 19 opening days.

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 17, targeting mid May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, eligible April 17, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible April 18, targeting early August

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Blue Jays preview 04/02/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2016 8:54pm]
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