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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Toronto0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 451
Tampa Bay0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 x 6111
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  W: S. Baz (1-0)   L: R. Ray (12-6)   S: D. Enns (2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 20, 2021
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 10,119

Rays' top pitching prospect Shane Baz set for MLB debut vs. Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays lead the season series, nine wins to seven, but the teams have split the six games they have played against each other at Tropicana Field this year. Tampa Bay has won the season series in each of the last three years.
  2. Toronto won two of three against Minnesota at home this weekend and improved to 18-4 (.818) since August 28. That matches the most wins the Blue Jays have ever recorded over a 22-game span (done many times before, most recently in August 2015).
  3. Robbie Ray is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his five starts against the Rays this season. That is the lowest ERA by an AL pitcher with at least five starts against a single team this year.
  4. Tampa Bay split four games at home against Detroit this weekend. The Rays were 31-11 (.738) from the All-Star break through the end of August but they are 8-10 (.444) since September 1.
  5. Brandon Lowe has hit six home runs against Toronto this season. The only Tampa Bay players to ever hit more home runs against Toronto in a single season were Austin Meadows in 2019 (eight) and Aubrey Huff in 2003 (seven).
  6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a .193 batting average (16-for-83), one home run and four RBIs in his 22 career games at Tropicana Field.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2021 thru 9/22/2021
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Tampa Bay Rays didn't pick an easy spot for the major-league debut for their top pitching prospect, Shane Baz, who will start Monday night against the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

The 22-year-old right-hander has moved up rapidly this season, starting at Double-A Montgomery, moving to Triple-A Durham and joining Team USA at the Olympics.

He will face Blue Jays left-hander Robbie Ray (12-5, 2.64), who is making a run at the American League Cy Young Award.

Ray has faced the Rays five times this year, going 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA. In seven career outings against the Rays, he is 2-2, 2.45.

Baz was 5-4, 2.06, this season between Montgomery and Durham, striking out 113 in 78 2/3 innings.

In Triple-A, Baz was 3-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 10 games, with 69 strikeouts and 11 walks in 46 innings. He was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2018 with Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow for Chris Archer.

"There will be a bit of a crash course to learn a little more about him," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "To move through Double-A and Triple-A, he advanced his progression about as much as any of us could have imagined. We're excited to get him up here and hand him the ball."

A back spasm ruled out a possible start on Friday for Baz.

After a bullpen session with Durham on Friday, he joined the taxi squad Sunday and is to be activated Monday.

The Rays are trying to clinch the AL East. After losing 2-0 Sunday to the Detroit Tigers, their lead is 6 1/2 games over the second-place Boston Red Sox -- who defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 -- and 7 1/2 games over the Blue Jays, who beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3.

The Blue Jays (84-65) are 15-3 in September, while the Rays (92-58) are 8-10.

Toronto put left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (neck tightness) on the injured list Sunday and recalled left-hander Tayler Saucedo from Triple-A Buffalo.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo likely will use the bullpen to take Ryu's next start.

"For this start, it might be a bullpen day," Montoyo said. "That is what we are thinking right now. It could be (Ross) Stripling, it could be. ... we'll see. It will be a bullpen day for sure."

Ryu has not survived the third inning in his past two starts.

"Ryu is that guy that can make the adjustment from one start to the other," Montoyo said. "He's been one of our aces for the past three years. So yeah, it hurts to lose him, but hopefully he won't take that long."

Rays designated hitter Nelson Cruz was 0-for-2 with a walk Sunday after missing two games with a bruised right forearm after being hit by a pitch.

The Rays reinstated left-hander Shane McClanahan (lower-back tightness) from the injured list, reinstated center fielder Kevin Kiermaier from the COVID-19 related IL, optioned right-hander Louis Head to Durham, and designated right-hander Joey Krehbiel for assignment.

McClanahan allowed one run in five innings on Sunday to take the loss.

The Blue Jays scored all five of their runs in the first inning against the Twins on Sunday.

"The arms that came out of their bullpen, they did a great job and stopped our offense," Montoyo said.

-- Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2021


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