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vs. Blue Jays
Tonight through Thursday
What's new: The Blue Jays (53-55) are hanging in there despite having been decimated by injuries this season, including losing defending home run champ OF Jose Bautista to a sprained wrist in mid July. The rotation has been hit hard, losing RHPs Dustin McGowan, Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek, and the 4.50 team ERA is 12th in the American League. C J.P. Arencibia and closer Sergio Santos are also on the disabled list. The Jays expect 3B Brett Lawrie (rib cage tightness) and CF Colby Rasmus (strained groin) back tonight.
Key stat: The Jays entered Monday third in the AL in runs (522) and second in homers (151).
Connections: Jays third-base coach Brian Butterfield is a former Eckerd College assistant. Rays 3B Ryan Roberts and C Jose Molina are former Jays.
Series history: The Rays are 6-1 against Toronto this season and took two of three at Tropicana Field in May. Tampa Bay leads the overall series 128-118, 71-50 at the Trop.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer