June 30th to July 3th – Tampa Bay Rays
Canada Day is always a spectacular event for the Blue Jays and this season, the club welcomes the always dangerous Tampa Bay Rays for a five-game series over the weekend.
With the first two series cancelled to begin the season due to the lockout and late start to Spring Training, the Blue Jays will make up some games by playing two doubleheaders against the Rays this season, turning two four games series into separate five games series with the other series being carried out in mid-September. The first doubleheader will be Saturday July 2nd, starting at 12:07 pm EST with the second game starting at 6:07 pm EST.
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The Rays will be a team to watch this year, highlighted by their young roster in Wander Franco, Randy Arozarena, Josh Lowe, and Shane McClanahan but still features some veterans in Kevin Kiermaier and Mike Zunino. Jason Adam is the only former player on the Rays roster while Harold Ramirez was once part of the Jays’ minor league system, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates alongside Reese McGuire and Francisco Liriano years ago.
Both teams will be able to add a player to their rosters for the doubleheader so it will be interesting to see if the Jays will bring up a pitcher to make a spot start to not mess with the rotation schedule.