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Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario Attendance: 38,797
Blue Jays look to bounce back against Rays
TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays are going to become familiar with each other during the remainder of the season.
After the Rays defeated the Blue Jays 7-0 Friday, the teams will meet 12 more times, wrapping up their seasons with a three-game series at Tropicana Field Sept. 28-30.
The game Friday resulted in the ninth shutout of the season for the Rays (59-57), while the Blue Jays (52-63) have been blanked seven times, twice by Tampa Bay.
The game was the first meeting between the teams this season at the Rogers Centre. The Rays were 5-1 over a pair of three-game series at the Trop May 4-6 and June 11-13 and now lead the season series 6-1. There are three more series between the teams, two in Toronto.
The Blue Jays will start right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 5.08 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. The Rays are expected to start right-hander Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.56).
Gaviglio has not won since May 25. In 13 starts since, he is 0-4 with a 5.78 ERA. The team is 5-8 during that span.
He is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in one start against the Rays this season, giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings in an 8-4 loss on June 11. Gaviglio is 1-1 with a 6.48 in two career starts against Tampa Bay.
Stanek is expected to start for the 19th time in 38 appearances on the season as the Rays often have opened with a reliever instead of a regular starter. His start on Saturday hinged on whether he was used in relief Friday and he was not needed in the easy win.
Stanek has faced the Blue Jays once in his career, and that was this season, when he pitched two scoreless innings while striking out three on June 12.
The Blue Jays could not get anything going Friday. Even first baseman Justin Smoak went 0-for-4 to end a 13-game hitting streak, the longest for a Blue Jay this season.
The Rays started rookies at all five infield positions Friday for the first time in franchise history.
More unusual was that Blake Snell was removed Friday with a perfect game going, requiring only 47 pitches to pitch five innings with six strikeouts.
It was his second start since his stint on the disabled with left-shoulder fatigue. He had pitched three innings on July 12, then pitched 1 2/3 innings in the All-Star Game before going on the DL. He returned Saturday with four innings against the Chicago White Sox.
"Five ups, the challenge of getting him deeper in a ball game, but Kyle's (pitching coach Snyder) and my comfort level, just given the time he's had off, that was enough," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Snell said he understood.
"Kyle said I was done," the left-hander said. "Kyle told me why and I'm not going to argue. Kyle wants what's best for my career, future-wise and everything. I felt great, yes, but I hadn't gone five innings in a month. I'm not upset about it by any means. I know he's doing what's best for me and I appreciate that."
Snell has allowed two runs or fewer in 18 of his 22 starts this season, which matches the Houston Astros' Justin Verlander for the most such starts in the American League.
While the Rays have already gone young, the Blue Jays figure to start to rebuild next season by also going with younger players such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The speculation has been that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will not be a part of that.
"Truthfully, a full breakdown, going young?" Gibbons said. "You know, I have to admit I don't know if I'm interested in that. But we'll see. I'm still here. I've enjoyed every minute of it. Everybody has been great to me, no doubt about that. We'll see where it all ends up."
Updated August 10, 2018