Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rays, Blue Jays set for series finale

Coming off a solid outing against the Marlins, Chris Archer will take the mound on Thursday as the Rays wrap up their four-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Archer was lifted after seven innings his last time out, despite allowing only two baserunners and one hit. He threw 84 pitches.
Aaron Sanchez will make the start for Toronto. The big right-hander was rocked for seven hits and three earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in his 2015 debut against the Yankees.
Things to know about this game:
• Archer will be asked to close out the road trip strong. When asked about that mentality, Archer said circumstance doesn't factor into his mindset before any given game.
He has allowed three earned runs or less in 14 consecutive road starts dating back to May 16, 2014.
• Sanchez struggled in his first Major League start. He pitched from behind for the better part of his outing, registering first-pitch strikes to only four of 18 hitters he faced.
• After putting up three runs over the first two games of the series, the Blue Jays' offense erupted on Wednesday, tagging Rays pitchers for nine runs over the first four innings. Having lost the opening two games of the series before winning on Wednesday, they're searching for a split on Thursday.

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