Preview: Streaking Rays kick off 3-game series against Blue Jays in Buffalo

TV: FOX Sports Sun

TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.

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Tampa Bay Rays (12-8, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (6-9, fourth in the AL East)

PITCHING PROBABLES

Rays: Trevor Richards (0-0, 5.79 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 8 strikeouts)

Blue Jays: Tanner Roark (1-1, 5.63 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 6 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE

The Toronto Blue Jays face the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

The Blue Jays went 33-43 in division play in 2019. Toronto pitchers had a WHIP of 1.43 last year while striking out 8.2 hitters per game.

The Rays finished 44-32 against AL East Division opponents in 2019. Tampa Bay averaged 8.8 hits with 3.3 extra base hits per game and 291 total doubles last season.

The teams meet for the third time this season. Tampa Bay leads the season series 2-1.

INJURIES

Blue Jays: Trent Thornton: (elbow), Ken Giles: (right elbow), Yennsy Diaz: (lat), Derek Fisher: (left quad).

Rays: Colin Poche: (elbow), Charlie Morton: (shoulder), Andrew Kittredge: (elbow), Oliver Drake: (right biceps), Yonny Chirinos: (right triceps).