Tampa Bay Rays (40-35, fourth in AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (43-33, third in AL East)
Toronto; Friday 3:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBES: Rays: Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 66 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (5-4, 5.86 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 64 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Blue Jays -130, Rays +110; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays are aiming to break a three-game slide with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto has played 24-15 in home games and 43-33 overall. The Blue Jays are fifth in the majors with 101 total home runs, averaging 1.3 per game.
Tampa Bay has a 40-35 record overall and a 15-18 record on the road. The Rays have a 23-5 record in games when they have at least five runs.
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The teams meet on Friday for the fifth time this season. The relay series is 2:2.
TOP PERFORMERS: George Springer has 11 doubles, two triples, 15 homers and 36 RBI for the Blue Jays. Alejandro Kirk is 12-31 with a double and four homers in his last 10 games.
Isaac Paredes leads Tampa Bay with 11 homers while hitting .598. Harold Ramirez is 9-for-23 with a home run and three RBI in the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 5-5, .271 batting average, 4.50 ERA, seven runs better than opponents
Rays: 4-6, .233 batting average, 3.74 ERA, bested six runs
INJURIES: Blue Jays: Tayler Saucedo: 60 days IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60 days IL (forearm), Yimi Garcia: 15 days IL (back), Trevor Richards: 15 days IL (neck), Julian Merryweather: 15 days IL (side), Andrew Vasquez: 15 days IL (ankle), Danny Jansen: 10 days IL (fingers), Nate Pearson: 60 days IL (mono)
Rays: Manuel Margot: 60-day IL (knee), Kevin Kiermaier: 10-day IL (hip), Drew Rasmussen: 15-day IL (hamstring), Andrew Kittredge: 60-day IL (elbow), Mike Zunino: 10-day IL ( shoulder), JP Feyereisen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brandon Lowe: 10-Day IL (back), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (Lat.), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL ( Elbow)
The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and data from Sportradar.
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