Apr 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro (30) singles during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game Four Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (2-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-2)


The Toronto Blue Jays have a chance to do something very special tonight, possibly winning their first series in Tampa since taking a three-game set April 6-8, 2007. For those who don’t wish to go back through the history books, that means the Blue Jays have an 0-19-1 record at the Trop since that April week. Nearly 7 years have passed and now the Blue Jays have a chance to take one tonight by winning 3 of 4.

Of course, they have to finish the win to do it, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves too quickly.

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:
Melky Cabrera LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Dioner Navarro C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Maicer Izturis 2B
Ryan Goins SS

Brandon Morrow P

Tampa Bay Rays Lineup:
David DeJesus DH
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe LF
Matt Joyce RF
Ryan Hanigan C
Yunel Escobar SS

Chris Archer P

Of Note

This will be the first MLB start for Brandon Morrow since May 28th of last season. After struggling through 10 starts a season ago and then a trapped radial nerve in his forearm, Morrow endured a rough spring as well, resulting in his plummeting down the rotation depth chart. However in his last outing, an exhibition against the New York Mets in Montreal, Morrow went 5.2 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. He’s ready to go.

This will also be the first start for Chris Archer since signing his contract extension with Tampa. The Rays awarded the 25-year-old with a 6-year deal (plus two option years) worth $25.5 million ($43.75 if options are exercised). Tampa continues to find quality, young pitching and locks them up.

Wil Myers, who has punished the Blue Jays in this series, was a late scratch from the line-up with flu-like symptoms.

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  • Kyle Franzoni

    Hanigan almost made a great play there, but the Cabrera get a second chance before grounding out to first.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays make it easy on Archer in the first, go 1-2-3.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Despite a single by Zobrist, Morrow looks solid in the first inning. Gets Longoria looking. Nice, easy mid-90′s velocity as well.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Great pick by Lind saved an error for Lawrie as well.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Encarnacion gets a gift stolen base there, as Maddon chooses not to challenge. Would have been out otherwise. I’ll take it here and on my fantasy team, thank you very much.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays strand Encarnacion on second, scoreless after 1 and a half.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Wow, two great plays there. Goins to pick it and recover, and then Lind on another dig at first base.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Two great defensive plays, then consecutive two-out hits by Joyce and Hanigan lead to a 1-0 Rays lead. Morrow K’s Escobar to end the frame, the second of the game.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Colby Rasmus continues to look overwhelmed at the plate this year, as he strikes out for the second time today, and fifth time in 12 at-bats this season. Blue Jays strand Maicer Izturis at third with one out and trail 1-0 heading to the bottom of the 3rd.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Bautista with a poor play, lets ball get past him. DeJesus, bad foot and all, gets triple out of it to lead off third for Rays.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Morrow isn’t fooling anyone right now. Four consecutive hits in the third. 3-0 Rays and they have first and third with 0 outs. Redmond is up in the bullpen.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Trade the run for the double play. 4-0 Rays.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Morrow out of it with a fly-ball to right.

  • 70-92

    well that was an easy loss

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Still early in this one. We’ve squandered a couple at this point. I imagine Morrow is done after this inning though.

      • 70-92

        Archer is lights out, Jays look bored tonight. they are content with the split in Tampa. man on 3rd 1-out, grounder, Colby swings at everything. the game was over right there. have a good night! I’m gonna watch some real baseball

        • Kyle Franzoni

          What I like about Archer is everything is down and on the corners. Just what you want to teach.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Meanwhile Morrow is leaving everything over the heart of the plate.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Anyone watching Sanchez’s start for New Hampshire tonight? Keith Law says he’s sitting sitting 94-96 with a plus slider tonight.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays get a pair back. Jose Bautista almost cost Toronto a run by not scoring when Lind’s double gets by Jennings, but scores on a ground-out by Navarro. Lind then comes around on a single up the middle by Lawrie. Escobar actually got to the ball, but Lind running all the way beats the throw to the plate. Great hustle by Lind.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Sure a balk by Morrow…because why not?!

  • Kyle Franzoni

    I just missed this entire inning because MLB. TV decided to spazz out on me.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    A single by Melky goes for nothing and Jays trail by 4 after 3 1/2.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I feel okay as long as the Jays can keep the gap at two.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Finally a 1-2-3 inning by Morrow, capped by another K of Longoria.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Morrow looks done for the night after five innings. Esmil Rogers appears to be coming in for the 6th.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Another MLB tv freak-out later and I’m back. Apparently all I missed was Archer mowing down the Jays again.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Rogers gives up a 2-out walk, but gets Hanigan to ground to Goins to end the sixth. Jays still down 4-2.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Esmil Rogers hangs a curve ball and Evan Longoria finally hammers the nail in the coffin. A three-run home run puts the Rays up by 5 with 6 outs to go.