Rays at Blue Jays
When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (0-1. 5.40) Jays: LH Ricky Romero (1-0, 3.38)
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Tall order: Niemann felt good about his season debut Thursday despite throwing 102 pitches in 5 IP. He is 4-3, 5.23 overall against the Jays, 3-1, 5.21 in six starts at Rogers Centre.
Mister Ricky: Romero has emerged as one of the top lefties in the game and had a solid last outing vs. Boston (1 run, 3 hits in 8 1/3 IP). He is 5-4, 3.18 in 10 starts vs. Tampa Bay.
Rays VS. ROMERO
Desmond Jennings 1-for-9, HR
Evan Longoria 5-for-20
Sean Rodriguez 1-for-15
Jays VS. Niemann
Jose Bautista 4-for-18, HR
Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-9
Adam Lind 11-for-26, 2 HRs
Wednesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (1-1, 4.82); Jays — Brandon Morrow (0-0, 2.57)
Thursday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 3.29); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 2.77)
Friday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 5.54); Twins — Liam Hendriks (0-0, 1.50)
Rays disabled list
C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 15-day
RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day
OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day
C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day
OF B.J. Upton, lower back soreness, 15-day
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Quote of the day
"I know some baseball purists don't like it or dig it. I love it, and you could put a capital L-O-V-E in there. He's just expressing himself and for those that have a hard time with that, too bad."
Manager Joe Maddon, on reliever Fernando Rodney wearing his hat crooked.
Number of the day
Rays record in Patriots Day games
Stat of the day
Ben Zobrist played his 247th game in the outfield without an error, the most of any active player to start his career and the most since Darren Lewis went 392 games with the Giants and A's in 1990-94 before his first.