After being swept by the Seattle Mariners to begin the month of the June, the Rays have won back-to-back series against the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics, and have won five of their last six games. The Rays winning ways have propelled them two games over .500, but they have actually lost ground in the division as they are now six and a half games back of the Yankees. However, the Rays are tied with the Cleveland Indians for the second wild card spot.
Tonight, the Rays travel north of the border as they begin a two game set with the Toronto Blue Jays, who have overcome an awful start to the season to being just one game under .500.
Jacob Faria returns to the hill for the Rays after a fantastic major league debut last Wednesday. Faria was demoted to Durham following the game, but didn’t make another appearance with the Bulls as Matt Andriese’s re-injury allowed the Rays to bring the 23 year old righty back up to the majors.
Faria will be facing Marco Estrada, who has been pretty solid thus far in 2017 but may be the victim of some poor defenders (3.44 FIP - 4.04 ERA). His last time out came on the 6th in Oakland where he allowed four runs on seven hits, while he walked one and struck out eight before departing with two outs in the sixth inning.
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mallex Smith - CF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Corey Dickerson - DH||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Logan Morrison - 1B||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Steven Souza - RF||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Colby Rasmus - LF||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Daniel Robertson - SS||Russell Martin - C|
|Derek Norris - C||Ezequiel Carrera - LF|
|Taylor Featherston - 2B||Ryan Goins - 2B|
|Jacob Faria - RHP||Marco Estrada - RHP|