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What you need to know about Saturday’s Rays-Blue Jays game

Who is pitching, where to watch and listen, and what's ahead for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Rays' Aaron Slegers pitches against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 12, 2020, in Boston.
Tampa Bay Rays' Aaron Slegers pitches against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 12, 2020, in Boston. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]
Published Aug. 22, 2020

Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

6:40, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 95.3-FM, 620-AM, 96.1-FM (Spanish)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Aaron Slegers (0-0, 11.25)

JAYS: LH Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.46)

Rays: Don’t expect Slegers to offer much length. He hasn’t logged more than two innings or 47 pitches in an outing. He had a hold in his most-recent outing, Thursday, with a perfect eighth vs. Yankees. Lefty Anthony Banda, who warmed up in Friday’s game but didn’t enter, hasn’t pitched since Aug. 13 in Boston, so he’s an option for bulk-innings relief.

Jays: Ryu has won two of past three starts. Has 1.06 ERA over that stretch, holding opposing hitters to .127 batting average. In most recent start, held Orioles to one run on four hits over six innings in 2-1 win Monday. Expect righty-heavy Rays lineup since lefties are 2-for-14 against Ryu this season. Faced Rays once this season, opening day, allowing three runs on four hits over 4⅔ innings.

On deck

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10. Rays, LH Josh Fleming (major-league debut); Jays, TBA

Monday: vs. Blue Jays, 3:10. Rays, TBA; Jays, TBA

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 6:40. Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

Wednesday: Orioles, 6:40. Rays, TBA; Orioles, TBA

Injured list

• RH Yonny Chirinos, Tommy John surgery, 10-day, out for season

• LH Jose Alvarado, shoulder inflammation, 10-day, eligible Aug. 25

• RH Andrew Kittredge, elbow tear, 45-day, eligible Sept. 26

• RH Charlie Morton, shoulder inflammation, 10-day, eligible Aug. 20

• RH Oliver Drake, biceps tendinitis, 10-day, eligible Aug. 19

• LH Colin Poche, Tommy John surgery, 45-day, out for season

• OF Randy Arozarena*, positive COVID-19 test, on rehab assignment

• LHP Brendan McKay*, shoulder surgery, out for season

* Minor-league injured list


Pitchers (14): RH Nick Anderson, LH Anthony Banda, LH Jalen Beeks, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Pete Fairbanks, RH Tyler Glasnow, LH Aaron Loup, RH Trevor Richards, RH Chaz Roe, RH Aaron Slegers, LH Blake Snell, RH Ryan Thompson, LH Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (2): Michael Perez, Mike Zunino

Infielders (7): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, Jose Martinez, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (5): Kevin Kiermaier, Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

Some things different about 2020

• Season shortened to 60 games, about 37 percent of usual 162.

• Teams playing only against their division and corresponding geographical division in other league, so for Rays, AL and NL East.

• Doubleheaders games are seven innings rather than nine.

• Rosters were 30 players to start season, but were reduced to 28 and will stay at 28 through the postseason.

• Fans not allowed in Trop, at least at start of season. There are plans, depending on virus situation, to host 5,000-7,000 a game later in season.

• Fake fan noise, created from recordings of actual crowds and adapted for and then from MLB The Show video game, will be played, along with more music and sound effects.

• Most weekday home games start at 6:40 p.m., moved up from 7:10. All games on Fox Sports Sun.

• For extra-inning games, each team will start with runner on second. The runner is the batter who made last out of previous inning or a pinch-runner.

• All pitchers must face minimum of three batters, except for injury or illness.

• DH will be used in both leagues.

• Injured list stays are 10 days for all players (shortened from 15 for pitchers), and long-term list is 45 days, down from 60.

• Games halted due to weather before becoming official will be resumed at later date, not started over.