The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off an emotional four-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays which saw them split the four games. The series had two comeback wins for the Jays, J.A. Happ’s frightening injury, and a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to lose the final game.
The good news is it was the first series the Jays didn’t lose in Tampa in 17 tries, but after winning the first two, that’s not much to go by. The Jays look to rebound in a weekend series against the slumping Boston Red Sox at Fenway.
The series doesn’t start off the way the Jays planned it would, with 40-year-old Ramon Ortiz getting his first start with Jays — and his first start in the majors in two years. Ortiz had spent the better part of the season in Triple-A Buffalo, playing for the Bisons. He went 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA, but it won’t be easy for him as he’ll go up against 4-0 Jon Lester.
If there was ever a time for the Jays to make a push in the AL, it would be a good time to start now. The Red Sox have lost six of their last seven and are clinging on to top spot in the division.
Last night, J.P. Arencibia was hit on the right hand by a Fernando Rodney pitch and at first it didn’t look good, but he says he’s fine and should be in the starting lineup tonight.
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