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Rays-Blue Jays Saturday preview

Rays vs. Blue Jays

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When/where: 6:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $7-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays Oktoberfest freezer mug for all fans, Steve Aoki postgame concert.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (12-13, 3.26)

jayS: RH Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.15)

On Archer: Coming off rough start at Toronto, allowing nine runs and 10 hits lasting only 32/3 innings. Makes 34th start, having worked 207 innings. Is 5-3, 3.35 in 14 games vs. Blue Jays.

On Estrada: Under the radar key to Jays success. Is 6-2, 2.63 over last 12 starts. Took perfect game into eighth vs. Rays on June 24. Hasn't allowed Rays a run in 21 innings over four games.

Key matchups

jayS VS. archer

Jose Bautista 4-for-31. HR

Josh Donaldson 2-for-14

E. Encarnacion 4-for-34, 3 HR

Dioner Navarro 7-for-21, 2 HR

RAYS VS. estrada

Logan Forsythe 3-for-8 3-for-8

Kevin Kiermaier 1-for-7

James Loney 2-for-5

Evan Longoria 0-for-8

On deck

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 3:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (2-4, 5.84); Jays — TBA

End of season

Name that ex-Ray

There are three former Tampa Bay players on the Jays. One is obviously LHP David Price, who came up with the Rays in 2008, became an elite pitcher and was traded in July 2014. Another is C Dioner Navarro, who came over in 2006 and played a big role through the 2010 season. The third? Star slugger OF Jose Bautista, who played briefly for the Devil Rays (and three other teams) in his 2004 rookie season as a Rule 5 pick.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Blue Jays Saturday preview 10/02/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2015 10:28pm]
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