American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 18th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (5-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (6-4), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (1-1, 4.82)
Toronto - Brandon Morrow (0-0, 2.57)
(Sports Network) - Former first-round draft choice Brandon Morrow makes his
third start of the season in search of his initial win when the Toronto Blue
Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays in the middle game of a three-game series at
The fifth pick of the 2006 draft by the Seattle Mariners, Morrow made 15
starts and 131 appearances in three seasons with the Mariners before heading
to Toronto to become a full-time starter in 2010.
He subsequently made 58 starts for the Blue Jays since arriving, including two
so far in 2012 - both of which have resulted in no-decisions while he's
surrendered seven hits and four earned runs in 14 innings.
The Blue Jays are 1-1 in the two games, winning at Cleveland and losing at
home to Baltimore.
Morrow is 4-3 with two saves in 55 2/3 innings against the Rays in 12
appearances - eight starts.
Tampa Bay counters with lefty David Price, who's split a pair of decisions
this season while coming off a subpar 12-13 record in 2011.
Second in American League Cy Young Award voting with a 19-6 record in 2010,
Price's earned run average swelled from 2.72 to 3.49 last season and has grown
to 4.82 in 9 1/3 innings in 2012, during which he's allowed nine hits and
seven walks while striking out eight.
Price gave up four hits and three runs in three innings in his last start on
April 13 at Boston, a game the Rays lost, 12-2.
Price is 9-2 lifetime against Toronto with a 2.06 ERA in 83 innings.
In Tuesday's series opener, Adam Lind belted a two-run home run and finished
with three runs batted in as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays.
Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie each stroked solo shots for the Jays while
starter Ricky Romero (2-0) tossed six-plus innings, allowing three runs on
eight hits with three walks for Toronto, which has won two straight.
Carlos Pena smacked three hits for Tampa Bay and Matt Joyce added a solo shot.
Jeff Niemann (0-2) was touched for five runs - two earned - on three hits
while striking out five over five-plus innings for the Rays, who have dropped
six of their last eight games.
Tampa was 12-6 versus the Jays last season.
04/18 10:36:20 ET