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Rays-Blue Jays Wednesday preview

Tonight: at Blue Jays

7:07, Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (0-2, 3.83)

Jays: RH R.A. Dickey (2-4, 4.31)

On Odorizzi: Coming off rough outing vs. A's, allowing five runs, seven hits in four innings. Winless in eight starts. Facing Jays for third time this season (0-0, 1.42), ninth overall (2-2, 3.31).

On Dickey: Knuckleballing nemesis coming off best start of inconsistent season, eight shutout innings at Texas for first win since April 4 at Trop. Is 8-8, 4.25 overall in 23 games (19 starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups


Desmond Jennings 5-for-26

Kevin Kiermaier 5-for-23

Evan Longoria 12-for-46, 2 HRs

Logan Morrison 6-for-25


Jose Bautista 1-for-17

Josh Donaldson 3-for-14, 3 HRs

Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-19

Taylor made

Taylor Motter made a bit of history Monday, as the 17th Ray to get a hit in his first big-league plate appearance and the 38th Florida-born player to appear for the team. Further, after starting at shortstop and moving to rightfield, he became the first man to play short and outfield in his debut going back to at least 1913, as far as data includes. Only seven had played infield and outfield in their debuts, including Clearwater's Howard Johnson for Detroit in 1982.

Rays-Blue Jays Wednesday preview 05/17/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:44pm]
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