Toronto Blue Jays (12-11, fourth in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (17-9, second in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Friday, 6:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 5.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 19 strikeouts) Rays: Ryan Yarbrough (0-2, 4.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 15 strikeouts)
LINE: Rays favoured by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay hosts Toronto for the 2020 home opener.
The Rays went 44-32 in division play in 2019. Tampa Bay pitchers had a WHIP of 1.17 last year while striking out 10.0 hitters per game.
The Blue Jays went 33-43 in division play in 2019. Toronto hit .236 as a team last season and hit 247 total home runs.
The teams meet for the sixth time this year. Tampa Bay leads the season series 4-2.
INJURIES: Rays: Colin Poche: (elbow), Charlie Morton: (shoulder), Andrew Kittredge: (elbow), Oliver Drake: (right biceps), Yonny Chirinos: (right triceps), Jose Alvarado: (shoulder).
Blue Jays: Nate Pearson: (elbow), Ken Giles: (right elbow), Yennsy Diaz: (lat), Derek Fisher: (left quad), Bo Bichette: (knee).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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