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What's new: The Jays' hopes for a quick start to put a disappointing 2013 behind them took a blow Sunday with news that closer RHP Casey Janssen went on the DL with back and abdominal issues; RHP Sergio Santos takes over. … C Erik Kratz was called up to add a right-handed bat. … RF Jose Bautista (who is battling a stomach bug) and 1B Edwin Encarnacion are major threats in middle of the order. … Depth of rotation appears to be a major question.

Key stat: The Jays haven't won a series at the Trop since April 2007, going 0-19-1 since.

Connections: Jays C Dioner Navarro was a Rays 2008 All-Star, RHP Todd Redmond is a St. Petersburg native and former Northside Christian standout, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer the father of Rays prospect Cameron.

Series history: Rays lead 147-29 all time, 83-54 at Trop.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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