09/24/2003 11:26 PM ET
Rays go for split with Blue Jays
Tampa Bay (61-97) at Toronto (83-75), 7:05 p.m. ET
Blue Jays preview
Despite all the hype, Tampa Bay and Toronto played Wednesday night's game without incident, fisticuffs or ejections.
By Stephanie J. Geosits / Special to MLB.com
The two teams will close out their four-game set at SkyDome, and the season series, on Thursday. Toronto has taken two games of this week's series, and the Rays can salvage a split with a win on Thursday. They already have clinched a win in the season series, taking 11 games of the 18 played.
Jorge Sosa takes the mound for Tampa Bay. Sosa has lost his last three starts. In his last start, against the New York Yankees on Saturday, he gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Rays lost, 7-1.
Pitching matchup:5-12, 4.51 in 2003
1-2, 3.42 vs. TOR in 2003
2-3, 5.25 lifetime vs. TOR
TOR: RHP Pete Walker
2-2, 4.83 in 2003
0-0, 5.40 vs. TB in 2003
2-2, 5.13 lifetime vs. TB
Players to watch:
TB: RHP Jorge Sosa
Julio Lugo homered on the first pitch with one out in the second on Wednesday, his third straight game with a long ball. He extends his career high and the organization record for homers by a shortstop. Nine of his 14 round-trippers this season have come since Aug. 18.
On the Internet:
Rays: No TV
Blue Jays: TSN
Rays: 970 WFLA
Blue Jays: FAN 590 AM
The Rays have lost 13 of their last 16 games and are 8-15 in September. ... Huff hit his 33rd homer of the season and notched his second consecutive contest with a long ball. ... Crawford set a new Rays record with his 36th infield hit of 2003 in the fourth inning.
On deck (all times ET):
Friday, Red Sox at Rays, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Red Sox at Rays, 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Red Sox at Rays, 1:15 p.m.
Stephanie J. Geosits is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.