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


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

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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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