MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Tampa Bay0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 6100
Toronto0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 242
  W: O. Drake (5-2)   L: T. Zeuch (1-2)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT, September 27, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 16,348

Rays head to Toronto with playoffs in sight

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Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Tampa Bay allowed 10 runs and posted a 2.50 ERA in a four-game home sweep of Toronto earlier this month. The Rays have won 12 of 16 meetings overall this season and are 4-0-1 in their last five series at Rogers Centre.
  2. Toronto held on for a 3-2 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday for its 10th win in 15 games, a stretch that includes series wins over the Red Sox and Yankees. The Blue Jays' next loss will give them at least 95 for the first time since finishing 67-95 in 1980.
  3. The Rays won for the sixth time in seven games with a combined one-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Yankees on Thursday. Tampa Bay is an AL-best 19-6 since August 29 and enters this series one game behind Oakland for the AL's top wild card and two games ahead of Cleveland for the second.
  4. Austin Meadows is 29-for-65 (.446) with seven homers and 16 RBI this season against the Jays. That average is the best in the AL by any player against any opponent this season (min. 50 PA). Meadows' 1.375 OPS vs. Toronto is the second-best in team history against a single opponent (Ben Zobrist, 1.404 vs. Orioles in 2009).
  5. Rowdy Tellez hit two homers Wednesday to become the fourth rookie in Toronto history with 20. The Blue Jays have 11 multi-homer games from rookies this season, most in MLB history. Tellez (3), Vladimir Guerrero (2), Bo Bichette (2), Cavan Biggio (2), Billy McKinney and Danny Jansen are the rookies to accomplish that.
  6. Avisail Garcia is batting .367 (18-for-49) with three homers and 10 RBI during a 12-game hitting streak against the Blue Jays. That's the second-longest single-season streak by a Rays player against Toronto, trailing only Travis Lee's 14-game run in 2003.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The mission is simple for the Tampa Bay Rays in their three-game series with the host Toronto Blue Jays: Win and they're in the postseason.

The Rays will open the final series of the regular season Friday night in the midst of a three-team race for the two American League wild-card spots with the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics.

The A's and Rays enter the final weekend of the regular season occupying those spots.

"The goal now is to get in,"' Rays infielder Joey Wendle told reporters. "And once we get in, I like our chances against anybody."

Wendle homered Wednesday in a 4-0 win that gave the Rays (95-64) a two-game sweep of the AL East-leading New York Yankees to complete their regular-season home schedule.

"I don't think anybody particularly wants to be playing us right now," Wendle added. "This team is built to play in a series like that, so we'll see if we get the opportunity to do that."

The Blue Jays (65-94) are playing out the string and beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series. Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit his 20th and 21st homers in the victory.

"It's pretty special (reaching 20 homers)," Tellez said. "One of those things that a lot of people dream of and work hard to do."

The Blue Jays are scheduled to start right-hander T.J. Zeuch (1-1, 4.58 ERA) while the Rays are expected to start right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.92).

Glasnow has a 2.25 ERA in three starts for a total of eight innings since coming off the injured list. He had a right forearm strain and had not pitched since May 10 when he allowed two runs and struck out five in two innings against the Blue Jays on Sept. 8. He is 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA against Toronto in five career starts.

Zeuch, making his third career major league start, will be facing the Rays for the first time.

The Blue Jays want a strong finish.

"They're going to play just like they play every day -- play to win," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told the media of the Rays. "I know that for sure, they're going to do that. If we have enough players by then with everybody getting hurt. A lot of these games have meant something for the teams that we play."

The Blue Jays have been playing without left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (appendectomy) and shortstop Bo Bichette (concussion protocol).

The Rays have their share of injuries, too. First baseman Ji-Man Choi fouled a ball off his left foot Wednesday and left the game. X-rays were negative but the foot was sore.

The Rays are not sure about a return date for infielder Eric Sogard, who has been out since Sept. 15 with a bone bruise in his right foot. "He hasn't quite turned the corner," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Sogard started the season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Rays in July.

There is a possibility that Infielder Yandy Diaz could soon rejoin the Rays but most likely not until the postseason. Diaz has been out for more than two months with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

The Rays have a simple goal in Toronto. "Get to 96 on Friday and then we'll see where we're going," Cash said. "But they're pretty motivated."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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