Toronto Blue Jays probable pitchers & starting lineups vs. Tampa Bay Rays, April 15

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Entering the action on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays are officially the only team to have beaten the Tampa Bay Rays so far in the 2023 season. The Rays came to Toronto on Friday undefeated, on the cusp of setting the MLB record for most consecutive wins to start a year. In 6-3 fashion, the Blue Jays were able to fend off the Rays and prevent their AL East rival from making history.

Probable starting pitchers

  • Starting for the Blue Jays on Jackie Robinson Day will be left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. The 31-year-old was the very best starting pitcher in the game during Spring Training (leading the league in ERA and strikeouts amongst qualified starters), but has regressed a bit in his first two starts of the regular season. Kikuchi has a 6.75 ERA in 9.1 innings of work thanks to seven earned runs on 12 hits. The heavy-hitting Rays will not be easy to handle, but José Berríos showed in Friday's game that the lineup can be tamed.
  • Opposing Kikuchi on the mound will be Calvin Faucher, who is making his first big league start. The 27-year-old came over to Tampa Bay from the Twins in the Nelson Cruz deal back in 2021. He is a relief pitcher by trade, so he will likely function as the opener for the Rays with left-hander Josh Fleming following him. Fleming, also 27, has ran into some troubles with limiting baserunners to start the year and has struggled to find any sort of consistency in the big leagues.

Toronto Blue Jays starting lineup, April 15

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Bo Bichette, SS
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 1B
  4. Dalton Varsho, LF
  5. Matt Chapman, 3B
  6. Alejandro Kirk, DH
  7. Whit Merrifield, 2B
  8. Danny Jansen, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, CF

Tampa Bay Rays starting lineup, April 15

  1. Yandy Diaz, 1B
  2. Wander Franco, SS
  3. Isaac Paredes, 3B
  4. Randy Arozarena, LF
  5. Harold Ramírez, DH
  6. Taylor Walls, 2B
  7. Manuel Margot, CF
  8. Francisco Mejía, C
  9. Vidal Brujan, RF

What chanel is the Toronto Blue Jays game on today?

  • Game time: 3:07pm ET
  • Sportsnet and TVA Sports will have the Blue Jays broadcast for the game.
  • Rays fans can catch the game on Bally Sports Sun.

How do I stream the Toronto Blue Jays game today?

How can I listen to the Toronto Blue Jays game today?

  • Ben Wagner will have the call at Sportsnet 590 for the Blue Jays.
  • Local Rays fans will be able to catch the game on WDAE 620 AM, 95.3 FM, and WQBN/1300 AM.