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
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.
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.