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Thornton expected to start for the Blue Jays against Rays

August 23, 2020 GMT

Toronto Blue Jays (13-12, third in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (18-10, first in the AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Sunday, 1:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Trent Thornton (0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.43 WHIP, 4 strikeouts) Rays: Josh Fleming (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts)

LINE: Blue Jays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Blue Jays visit the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

The Rays went 44-32 in division play in 2019. Tampa Bay pitchers had an ERA of 3.65 last year with a staff WHIP of 1.17.

The Blue Jays finished 33-43 against AL East Division opponents in 2019. Toronto hit .236 as a team with 3.3 extra base hits per game and 247 total home runs last season.

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The teams meet for the eighth time this season. Tampa Bay leads the season series 5-3.

INJURIES: Rays: Chaz Roe: (right elbow), Colin Poche: (elbow), Charlie Morton: (shoulder), Andrew Kittredge: (elbow), Oliver Drake: (right biceps), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jose Alvarado: (shoulder), Yandy Diaz: (face).

Blue Jays: Nate Pearson: (elbow), Ken Giles: (right elbow), Yennsy Diaz: (lat), Derek Fisher: (left quad), Bo Bichette: (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.