Rays vs. Blue Jays
When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Wade Davis (8-7, 4.62)
LH Brett Cecil (4-4, 4.34)
Watch for ...
Wading in: Davis settled down after a five-run first in Oakland last week to get the win, his first in his past four starts. He has allowed 15 runs in his past three outings and is 2-2 with a 2.80 ERA in five career starts vs. Jays.
Leaning left: Cecil's on a roll, having won back-to-back starts — both against the Rangers — and allowing one earned run over 16 combined innings. He's 4-2, 4.69 in eight career appearances (seven starts) vs. Rays.
Rays vs. Cecil
Evan Longoria 9-for-17
B.J. Upton 3-for-17
Ben Zobrist 4-for-16, HR
Jays vs. Davis
Aaron Hill 5-for-13, HR
Yunel Escobar 4-for-11
Jose Bautista 1-for-13
Friday: A's, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (5-4, 3.51); A's — Guillermo Moscoso (4-5, 3.41)
Saturday: A's, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-1, 2.79); A's — Brandon McCarthy (4-5, 3.58)
Sunday: A's, 1:40 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.15); A's — Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.91)
Haircut of the day
LHP J.P. Howell decided to cut off a lot of his long locks on Monday's off day, saying he "needed a change." Howell, who entered Wednesday's game with an 8.68 ERA, originally thought of shaving it all off but instead had 4-5 inches clipped. He admitted his wife, Heather, likely would not have liked the bald look. "God, she would have freaked out," Howell said, smiling.
The Rays will try to unite the Twitter followers of their team — and players — in their first Tweet-Up during today's game. Fans can buy $50 tickets to be in the same Papa John's Bullpen box, a deal that includes food, drinks and a postgame Q&A with CNBC business reporter Darren Rovell. Go to raysbaseball.com/tweetup with promo code "tweet".
Number of the day
17 Times the Rays have lost a game after the Rays' starting pitcher turned in a quality start, second behind only the Angels (18).