vs. Blue Jays
What's new: The Jays hung onto ace RHP Roy Halladay, but dumped 3B Scott Rolen and OF Alex Rios and their salaries. Plus, closer Scott Downs joined their list of injured pitchers. 2B Aaron Hill and DH Adam Lind have been big hits in an otherwise dismal season for the Jays.
Key stat: The Rays' 52-42 record vs. the Jays at the Trop is their second best against an AL opponent (33-20 vs. Royals).
Connections: Jays RHP Shawn Camp and OF Jose Bautista are ex-Rays, bench coach Brian Butterfield is a former Eckerd assistant. Rays OF Gabe Gross and C Gregg Zaun are ex-Jays.
Series history: Rays lead 7-2 this season; Jays lead 101-93 overall, Rays lead 52-42 at Tropicana Field.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer