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Tampa Bay Rays (40-36, 4th in AL East) vs Toronto Blue Jays (44-33, 2nd in AL East)

Toronto; Saturday, 12:07 PM EDT

Pitching Prospects: Rays: Shane McClanahan (8-3, 1.77 ERA, .83 whip, 123 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Kevin Gossman (6-6, 2.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 97 strikeouts)

FADUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -140, Rays +120; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

Bottom line: The Tampa Bay Rays will attempt to end a three-game road slide when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto leads 44–33 on aggregate and 25–15 in home games. The Blue Jays hitters are batting a collective .258, second in the AL.

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Tampa Bay has gone 15-19 on the road and 40-36 overall. The Rays are 32-9 in the game when they outshine their opponents.

Matchup Saturday is the sixth time these teams are playing this season. The Blue Jays have a 3–2 advantage in the season series.

Top Performer: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has 18 home runs, 37 walks and 49 RBIs, while .261 runs for the Blue Jays. Lourdes Gurrill Jr. is 15 for 36 in the last 10 matches with five doubles, one home run and five RBIs.

Isaac Paredes leads Tampa Bay with 11 home runs slugging .571. Harold Ramirez is 10-for-26 with home runs and four RBIs in the last 10 games.

Last 10 games: Blue Jays: 6-4, .281 batting average, 3.86 ERA, beat opponents by 15 runs

Rays: 4-6, .232 batting average, 4.45 ERA, 12 runs outscore

Injuries: Blue Jays: Tyler Saucedo: 60-day IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60-day IL (forearm), Yimi Garcia: 15-day IL (back), Trevor Richards: 15-day IL (neck) , Julian Merryweather: 15-day IL (side), Andrew Vasquez: 15-day IL (ankle), Danny Jenson: 10-day IL (finger), Nate Pearson: 60-day IL (mono)

Rays: Manuel Margot: 60-day IL (knee), Drew Rasmussen: 15-day IL (hamstring), Andrew Kittredge: 60-day IL (elbow), Mike Zunino: 10-day IL (shoulder), JP Faireysen: 15 -Day IL (shoulder), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brandon Lowe: 10-Day IL (back), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (Slant), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (Shoulder) , Pete Fairbanks: 60-day IL (latitude), Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-day IL (elbow), Cunt Chirrinos: 60-day IL (elbow)

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