Catching some Rays
TORONTO — Strolled into the Jays clubhouse this afternoon and a good chunk of the players were taking in the end of the Rays/Indians game. A day after Toronto enjoyed a walk-off win here, Tampa Bay did the ol’ anything you can do, we can do better.
Down 7-4 in the ninth, the Rays rallied for six runs with no outs to take the game. Eric Hinske doubled home a run. Gabe Gross homered. And Carlos Pena hit a three-run walk-off blast to center.
Alex Rios obviously left the room before the rally, because he came back in and looked stunned to see Pena being interviewed on camera after what was apparently a Rays win.
“What happened?” begged Rios, who was quickly brought up to date. “That’s unbelievable. Just unbelievable.”
Believe it: Tampa Bay, 68-45. Toronto, 11 games back.
As for your Jays, not much going on in the way of news. Mighty Joe Inglett is still out of the starting lineup, but at leats available off the bench after missing the last two games with a bum left knee.
OAKLAND (53-59) at TORONTO (57-56)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre
Ryan Sweeney, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Frank Thomas, DH
Carlos Gonzalez, CF
Jack Cust, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Bobby Crosby, SS
Daric Barton, 1B
PITCHING: LHP Gio Gonzalez (MLB debut)
Marco Scutaro, 2B
David Eckstein, DH
Alex Rios, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Rod Barajas, C
Adam Lind, LF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Kevin Mench, RF
John McDonald, SS
PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum (5-5, 3.57)