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10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 8, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 14,071

Rays to get Glasnow back for finale with Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Blue Jays took two of three from the Rays in St. Petersburg from Aug. 5-7 for their first series win at Tropicana Field since May 5-7, 2017. Toronto has not won back-to-back series on the road against Tampa Bay since a run of seven straight from 2005-07. The Jays are 36-70 (.340) at the Trop since 2008.
  2. The Rays' 2-0 win in Tuesday's doubleheader nightcap against the Orioles marked the 46th time this season they have not allowed a home run, tops in the American League. Tampa Bay is also tied with the Nationals and Cardinals for the most wins (37) in games in which they have not given up a homer.
  3. Tommy Pham is one stolen base away from becoming the first Rays player since Melvin Upton Jr. in 2012 with 20 homers and 20 steals in a season. Pham previously accomplished the feat with the Cardinals in 2017. Only six players (Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Starling Marte, Jose Ramirez, Mike Trout, Christian Yelich) have recorded two 20/20 seasons over the last three years.
  4. Toronto's catching duo of Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire have combined for eight homers, a .255 average and a .816 OPS since Aug. 1. Blue Jays catchers had hit a collective .190 with a .577 OPS from the start of the season through July 31.
  5. Austin Meadows is slashing .420/.491/.800 with five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games against Toronto this season. Three of those homers have come in seven at-bats against Thursday's starter, Trent Thornton.
  6. Clay Buchholz is slated to make his first start at Tropicana Field since 2016 on Friday. Buchholz's career 1.87 ERA at the Trop is the lowest in the park's history (min. 10 starts), and he's gone eight consecutive starts there without allowing a home run.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/5/2019 thru 9/8/2019
(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to make his first start in nearly four months when the Tampa Bay Rays go for a four-game sweep over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon.

The Rays made it three in a row over their American League East rivals on Saturday night when they scored three late runs to rally from a 3-2 deficit, handing the Blue Jays a sixth straight defeat in the process.

While Saturday's focus was on the major league debut of Blue Jays left-hander Anthony Kay, Sunday will mark Glasnow (6-1, 1.86 ERA) appearing for the first time since May 10 after being sidelined with a strained right forearm.

"That's what I'm looking forward to the most: Just being able to come back and contribute instead of just sitting in the dugout," Glasnow told reporters Saturday. "I'm excited. I've been preparing for this."

When last seen, the 26-year-old was one of the Rays' top pitchers. He allowed a total of just seven runs in his first seven starts, before his arm began bothering him in his first loss, 4-3 to the New York Yankees.

He went on the 10-day injured list, then to the 60-day list, and has been fighting an uphill battle to return ever since.

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated to reporters Saturday that he's not planning to go overboard in Glasnow's return. It would be surprising if he threw more than 50 pitches.

Glasnow hasn't had much success against the Blue Jays in his career, going 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts.

When the second-year Ray turns the ball over to the bullpen, he can expect it will be in dependable hands. The Tampa Bay bullpen rescued 14-game winner Charlie Morton on Saturday night, throwing three scoreless innings to allow the club to rally and take the right-hander off the hook for a loss.

Glasnow will be facing a team that's looking for answers in the outfield. In an unusual move, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo slotted his outfielders seventh, eighth and ninth in the batting order Saturday, and they combined to go 2-for-10.

That performance, though, by Jonathan Davis (2-for-4), Billy McKinney (0-for-3) and Derek Fisher (0-for-3), was an improvement over Thursday's 1-for-11 from outfielders Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez and Fisher, and Friday's 1-for-10 from Davis, Hernandez and Anthony Alford.

Davis and McKinney each drove in a run Saturday.

Toronto general manager Ross Atkins noted this week that future roles could potentially be impacted by what happens the rest of the way.

"If one guy takes a leap forward and suggests that they should be more cemented in one of those roles, that would be a fine outcome," he explained. "Having options and having depth is something you can never have enough of."

The Blue Jays have yet to win on a six-game trip that ends Sunday. A loss would be their 89th, equaling last year's season total.

They'll be handing the ball to rookie right-hander Jacob Waguespack (4-3, 3.97), who has gone 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three games (two starts) against the Rays this season.

The Rays have won eight of nine on a 10-game homestand. They'll take a four-game winning streak into the game.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2019

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