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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Rays Report

A baseball blog by Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Rays @ Jays Looking to win once before leaving town

TORONTO – The Rays arrived in town Monday riding a four-game winning streak that moved them out of the AL East cellar. They planned on continuing the move up the standings during these three games with the first-place Blue Jays.

But now, the Rays head into the series finale hoping to avoid a sweep.

"Actually, taking one out of three right now sounds very enticing, so I’ll take it," manager Joe Maddon said after Tuesday’s loss.

The Rays offense has generated enough runs during the first two games to bail out the starting pitching and, during better times, win a few games. Trouble is, the Blue Jays have scored more, winning 10-5 on Monday and 9-6 on Tuesday.

Now it’s up to Chris Archer to put the breaks on the Jays offense and give his team a chance to win.

Archer had this to say Tuesday when asked about the Jays high-powered offense "As long as we’re executing the pitches I think it will play into our favor. They hit mistakes very well. They have been lately, at least. Just make our pitches and limit the damage whenever necessary."

Here are the lineups

DeJesus DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Jennings CF
Joyce LF
Myers RF
Escobar SS
Molina C
Rodriguez 2B

Archer RHP (3-2, 4.11)

Reyes SS
Cabrera LF
Bautista RF
Lind DH
Encarnacion 1B
Francisco 3B
Lawrie 2B
Navarro C
Gose CF

Hendriks RHP (1-0, 1.59)