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Rays-Blue Jays Tuesday preview

Tonight: at Blue Jays

7:07, Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (3-11, 5.29)

JAYS: RH Marco Estrada (7-4, 2.92)

On Smyly: Coming off no-decision vs. Royals, allowing two runs in seven innings with 10 Ks. Has allowed 23 homers, fifth most in AL. Is 2-2, 2.65 vs. Jays.

On Estrada: Won past two starts after 0-2, 4.30 four-game skid. Former Nats/Brewers hurler is 1-1, 0.86 in seven games (three starts) vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. estrada

Logan Forsythe 3-for-8

Evan Longoria 1-for-11


Josh Donaldson 8-for-17, 3 HRs

Edwin Encarnacion 2-for-11

Ichiro helpers

The Rays played a small part in getting Ichiro Suzuki to his Sunday milestone, allowing 160 of his 3,000 hits. Among former Rays, Matt Moore was atop the list, allowing 11. (And if you want a trick question, No. 1 among the Rays traveling party is major-league operations assistant/video replay chief Jeremy Sowers, with six.) Here are the "leaders" among the Rays' active and injured pitchers:

4 — Drew Smyly

3 — Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi

2— Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Erasmo Ramirez

1 — Kevin Jepsen, Enny Romero

Rays-Blue Jays Tuesday preview 08/08/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2016 11:00pm]
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