American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 20th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (23-20) at Toronto Blue Jays (17-26), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00)
Toronto - Chad Jenkins (1-0, 3.60)
(Sports Network) - Toronto ace R.A. Dickey tries to make it two straight wins
on Monday when the Blue Jays open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay
Rays at Rogers Centre.
Dickey won for the first time in four starts on Tuesday, as he held the world
champion San Francisco Giants to a pair of runs and six hits in six innings.
The National League's reigning Cy Young Award winner also struck out a season-
high 10 batters to run his record to 3-5, while lowering his ERA to 4.83.
"Early on, that knuckleball was alive," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
"He took advantage of the fact that we gave him some cushion there, and he got
some big strikeouts late in the game."
Dickey, who did not get a decision against Tampa two starts ago, has faced
the Rays eight times (4 starts) and is 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA.
"I faced Tampa two starts ago, so they're pretty fresh in my mind and I have
some notes that I'll reflect on," Dickey said. "I pretty much know what I need
to do to be successful."
Dickey will be trying to help his Jays get back on track after they lost two
in a row to the New York Yankees. Sunday's finale was postponed by rain, but
Toronto had entered that series having won four in a row.
Tampa, meanwhile, will rely on young right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who was one
of the centerpieces of the deal that sent James Shields to Kansas City. He
made two starts for the Royals last season and was 0-1 with a 4.91.
Odorizzi, though, shined for Triple-A Durham this year, posting a 4-0 mark to
go along with a 3.83 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings
through eight starts.
"He's not intimidated by all this stuff," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Get
him out there. Start him. ... Hopefully, he gets at least five or six innings
Tampa took all three of its games with the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend
and has won nine of 11 overall.The Rays completed the sweep on Sunday, as Matt
Moore became the majors' first eight-game winner in the 3-1 triumph.
"To come in here (and get a sweep) indicates how much better we've been
playing," Maddon said.
Tampa should keep rolling, as it has won 12 of 17 north of the border. The
Rays, though, split a four-game series with the Jays at home earlier in the
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