Mar 31, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (1-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-1)


Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field and will attempt to climb above .500 for the first time since June 24, 2013 June 26, 2013.

Mark Buehrle gets the call for the Blue Jays and will be up against 24-year-old Matt Moore. Buehrle had a rough April in 2013 but looked relatively sharp in spring training so will hopefully be ready to go out of the gate for the Blue Jays.

Moore won 17 games for the Rays in 2013 and pitched to a stellar 3.29 ERA. He throws his fastball in the mid-to-low 90s and he also throws a sinker, change and curve. His Achilles heel is probably control – he walked 4.5 batters per nine last year so you would think the Jays might be best served to take a few more pitches than normal, in hopes Moore will work himself into trouble.

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Radio: Sportsnet 590 THE FAN

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Melky Cabrera LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Dioner Navarro C
Moises Sierra DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Jonathan Diaz SS

Mark Buherle P

Tampa Bay Rays Lineup:

Desmond Jennings CF
Wil Myers RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe DH
James Loney 1B
Sean Rodriguez LF
Jose Molina C
Yunel Escobar SS

Matt Moore P

Tags: Game Thread Toronto Blue Jays

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Sierra hitting ahead of Lawrie… I’m not sure if that says more about Moises or Brett.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Sierra has always hit right-handed pitching well.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Moore struggling with control a bit early. Longoria bails him out with a stellar play at third.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Are you all alone tonight Mike? First game of the season I get to watch :D

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Sorry, late arrival tonight.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Yeah I was watching and updating the game on my phone but then it died. Was listening on the radio but back online now!

  • Andrew van Laar

    Wow… Just wow Lawrie

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Lawrie has madd ups

  • Kyle Franzoni

    I’m actually pretty impressed how Izturis is swinging the bat this year.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      There’s no way he can be as bad as he was last year. I think with a larger sample size his numbers will start to balance out.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Wow, another absolute blast from Joey Bats puts the Blue Jays up by 3.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Time to stretch – Jays led 3-0.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Nice scoop by Edwin at first to start the 3-6-3 double play.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    You gotta love the poise Mark Buehrle pitches with. Gives up a lead-off single and then gets a DP off the bat of a guy who hit him well the first two times through the line-up.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    3 more outs and I get to post a meme on Facebook. Come on Jays!

    • Kyle Franzoni

      I’ll even share it on Twitter for good measure…

  • Andrew van Laar

    Awwww no way..;. gotta leave him in for one more out :(

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Agreed, Buehrle earned the complete game here…

  • Andrew van Laar

    santos this year is scaring me… not liking when he gets called in so far :S