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Monday, March 27, 2023

The Rays collide with the Blue Jays in the first of a 2-game series

Toronto Blue Jays (57-45, second in AL East) vs Tampa Bay Rays (54-48, third in AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

Pitching Probbles: Blue Jays: Kevin Gossman (7-8, 3.30 ERA, 1.32 whips, 122 strikeouts); Rays: Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17 ERA, 1.20 whip, 70 strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Blue Jays -143, Rays +122; over/under 7 runs

Bottom line: The Tampa Bay Rays host the Toronto Blue Jays to begin a two-game series.

Tampa Bay is 54-48 on aggregate and 32-20 in home games. Ray holds a 24-10 record in games when he did not allow a home run.

Toronto leads 23-24 in the Road Games and 57-45 on aggregate. The Blue Jays have scored a total of 132 home runs to finish third in the AL.

The teams will play Tuesday for the ninth time this season. The Rays lead 5-3 in the season series.

Top Performer: David Peralta has 19 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs for Ray. Brandon Lowe is 10-for-39 in the last 10 matches with two doubles and two home runs.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 20 doubles and 21 home runs for the Blue Jays. Matt Chapman is 16-for-33 with three doubles and five home runs in the last 10 games.

Last 10 games: Rays: 3-7, .238 batting average, 4.19 ERA, 11 runs outscore

Blue Jays: 8-2, .293 batting average, 3.00 ERA, beat opponents by 39 runs

Injuries: Rays: Matt Wiesler: 15-Day IL (Neck), Francisco Mejia: 10-Day IL (Shoulder), Harold Ramirez: 10-Day IL (Thumb), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Kevin Kirmayer : 60-day IL (hip), Mike Zunino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Josh Fleming: 15-day IL (oblique), Wander Franco: 10-day IL (wrist), JP Fairison: 60-day IL ( Shoulder), Manuel Margot: 60-day IL (knee), Andrew Kittredge: 60-day IL (elbow), JT Chargois: 60-day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-day IL (shoulder), Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-day IL (elbow), Vagina Chirrinos: 60-day IL (elbow)

Blue Jays: Alec Manoah: Days-Day (Elbow), Julian Meriweather: 60-Day IL (Side), Tyler Saucedo: 60-Day IL (Hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60-Day IL (Forearm), Andrew Vasquez : 15-day IL (ankle), Nate Pearson: 60-day IL (mono)

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