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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 12, 2018
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 11,162

Rays return to using relievers as starters vs. Blue Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Blue Jays are coming off a four-game sweep of the Orioles in which they recorded 56 totals hits. That is tied for the second-most hits by Toronto, in a four-game series, in franchise history (58 vs. Angels from April 17-20, 2000).
  2. After winning five straight games in late May, the Rays have lost nine of 10, including three of four against Seattle in their most recent series. All three of Tampa's losses in that Seattle series were by one run, and their 17 one-run losses are the most in baseball.
  3. Ryan Yarbrough will start for the fourth time this season, and the first time since May 14. Yarbrough's last four appearances have been from the bullpen, and he has gone at least 5.0 innings in each of those appearances. That is most consecutive relief appearances with at least 5.0 innings pitched since Eddie Hommel had six straight from July 10- September 5, 1932 for the Philadelphia Athletics.
  4. Sam Gaviglio is coming off a no-decision against the Yankees in which he scattered three hits and three walks in 7.0 shutout innings. It was the longest start of Gaviglio's career in terms of innings (7.0) and number of pitches (104).
  5. In Toronto's 13-3 victory against Baltimore yesterday, leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBI. It was the most RBI by any leadoff man in a game this season, and is tied for the most by a leadoff hitter in Blue Jays franchise history (Damaso Garcia on May 10, 1985 vs. Seattle Mariners).
  6. C.J. Cron has hit a home run in three of his past four games, and has 15 total on the season through 62 games. Cron's career high in home runs is 16, which he has reached exactly for the past three seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2018 thru 6/13/2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays haven't had much to be genuinely excited about in an up-and-down first third of the season, but a youth movement could do that with more games like Monday's 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

For the first time in the major leagues, two of the franchise's top prospects, shortstop Willy Adames and first baseman Jake Bauers, played together. Each drove in two runs to open a three-game series against Toronto.

"Our two young guys came in, really impacted us in a big way and helped us win a game," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Bauers got his first home run in his first game in the majors, and Adames had two RBIs in his return to Tampa Bay after a three-game cameo last month.

"I told him, 'Were you waiting for me to get here to hit your first homer?' and he said, 'Yes, buddy,'" Adames said.

The Rays (30-35) inched ahead of the Blue Jays (30-36) in the American League East standings, though they'll be back to a familiar adversity Tuesday, going without a traditional starter.

Tampa Bay is pushing through a rash of injuries with its starting pitching, with news Monday that top starter Chris Archer had a setback and is now on hold after once having hopes of returning to the rotation Sunday.

On Tuesday, that means Ryne Stanek will be the Rays' "opener" -- he was originally scheduled to do so Monday but was pressed into duty in the ninth inning Sunday, pushing back his scheduled start. Stanek (1-1, 3.14 ERA) has pitched well in June, with four appearances and a 0.00 ERA, allowing only two hits in 4 2/3 innings while striking out seven.

He'll likely pitch no more than two innings, setting up a bullpen day after three Rays relievers each pitched a scoreless inning to seal Monday's win.

Toronto has stuck with traditional starters, even when they haven't fared well, like Jaime Garcia, who pitched for three teams last season and is on his fourth in less than a year with the Jays. Garcia is 2-4 with a 5.57 ERA, though his last outing was a solid one, holding the Baltimore Orioles to one run and four hits in six innings.

Garcia, who spent most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, has only faced the Rays once, holding them to one run in 4 2/3 innings last year for a 1.93 ERA.

The Blue Jays, who had top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. at Tropicana Field as a guest as he works through an injury, had come to St. Petersburg fresh off a four-game sweep of the Orioles, but they let an early lead slip away Monday.

"It was the first time in a while I can remember us scoring a bunch of runs early here," Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Every time we did, they came back and answered and took the lead, and they broke it open late."

Updated June 11, 2018

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