Blue Jays look to break 3-game slide against Rays

Tampa Bay Rays (27-19, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (23-20, fourth in the AL East)

Dunedin; Saturday, 7:37 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Shane McClanahan (1-0, 4.67 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) Blue Jays: Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 48 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -115, Rays -102; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Toronto enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.

The Blue Jays are 8-7 against teams from the AL East. Toronto ranks fifth in the league in hitting with a .253 batting average, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the club with an average of .338.

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The Rays are 11-8 against AL East Division opponents. Tampa Bay has hit 59 home runs this season, eighth in the MLB. Austin Meadows leads the club with nine, averaging one every 17.4 at-bats.

The Rays won the last meeting 9-7. Diego Castillo earned his first victory and Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs for Tampa Bay. Jeremy Beasley registered his first loss for Toronto.

TOP PERFORMERS: Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays with 53 hits and has 36 RBIs.

Randy Arozarena leads the Rays with 45 hits and is batting .278.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 6-4, .296 batting average, 4.26 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs

Rays: 8-2, .273 batting average, 2.81 ERA, outscored opponents by 39 runs

INJURIES: Blue Jays: Kirby Yates: (tommy john surgery), David Phelps: (right lat), Patrick Murphy: (shoulder), Tommy Milone: (undisclosed), Julian Merryweather: (left oblique), Tom Hatch: (elbow), Anthony Castro: (forearm), Ryan Borucki: (forearm), George Springer: (quad), Joe Panik: (calf), Alejandro Kirk: (left hip flexor).

Rays: Michael Wacha: (hamstring), Chaz Roe: (shoulder), Cody Reed: (thumb), Colin Poche: (elbow), Luis Patino: (finger), Chris Mazza: (right shoulder), Oliver Drake: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Chris Archer: (forearm), Nick Anderson: (elbow).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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