In Monday night MLB action, the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays will begin a series from Tropicana Field. Toronto is coming off a four-game sweep of visiting Baltimore by a 27-11 combined score and is five games below .500 overall. On Sunday, Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-best six runs driven in during a 13-3 rout of the Orioles.
Twenty-eight year old righty Sam Gaviglio (2-1 2.51 ERA) will take the mound for the Blue Jays in this matchup. Last time out, Gaviglio went seven scoreless innings during a 3-0 loss versus the Yankees.
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost nine of their first ten games and have traded away closer Alex Colome. Scoring has been an issue for the Rays, who have scored just 30 runs over their past ten contests. On Sunday, Johnny Field was thrown out at the plate to end the game during a 5-4 loss versus Seattle.
Tampa Bay skipper Kevin Cash will continue his experiment of starting relievers with Ryne Stanek (1-1 3.38 ERA) on Monday. Through 13 plus frames, Stanek has struck out 17 batters and owns a 1.13 WHIP.