Preview: Rays riding 6-game win streak into series opener vs. visiting Blue Jays
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Blue Jays: Jacob Waguespack (2-1, 4.80 ERA)
Rays: Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.78 ERA)
Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Rays are 29-24 against AL East opponents. Tampa Bay is slugging .436 as a unit. Austin Meadows leads the team with a .533 slugging percentage, including 42 extra-base hits and 18 home runs.
The Blue Jays have gone 17-30 against division opponents. Toronto has hit 168 home runs as a team this season. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. leads the team with 18, averaging one every 15.4 at-bats.
Meadows leads the Rays with 18 home runs and is batting .287. Tommy Pham is 11-for-31 with four doubles, a home run and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Rays: 8-2, .291 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Blue Jays: 6-4, .288 batting average, 4.06 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: 10-day IL (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: day-to-day (finger), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Jose Alvarado: 10-day IL (oblique), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Brandon Lowe: 10-day IL (leg), Yandy Diaz: 10-day IL (foot).
Blue Jays Injuries: Ryan Tepera: 60-day IL (elbow), Matt Shoemaker: 60-day IL (knee), Clayton Richard: 10-day IL (lat), Elvis Luciano: 60-day IL (elbow), Nick Kingham: 10-day IL (oblique), Ken Giles: day-to-day (elbow), Clay Buchholz: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Borucki: 10-day IL (elbow), Derek Fisher: day-to-day (face), Devon Travis: 60-day IL (knee), Luke Maile: 10-day IL (oblique).