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Preview: Blue Jays (11-10) at Rays (10-11)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: May 07, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

One of the biggest comebacks in team history helped the Toronto Blue Jays earn a rare victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Winning two straight at St. Petersburg for the first time in nearly five years could be difficult if Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ struggles again with his control.

Happ will try to rebound from one of the worst starts of his career Tuesday night when Toronto goes for a season-best third consecutive victory.

Losers of 17 straight road series to the Rays (14-17) - the third-longest streak in AL history by one team in an opponent's ballpark - the Blue Jays (12-21) rallied from seven down after three innings to win 8-7 in Monday's opener. They ended a five-game skid to Tampa Bay and an 0-8 stretch at Tropicana Field.

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It was also the fifth time in team history - and first since rallying from seven down in a 12-11 home win over the Rays on June 5, 2007 - that Toronto was victorious after trailing by seven or more.

"That's the way this game is, and you've got to continue to stay positive and come ready to play every day," said catcher J.P. Arencibia, whose two-run homer off Fernando Rodney with two outs and two strikes in the ninth was the difference.

Arencibia wasn't pleased about manager John Gibbons giving Henry Blanco the start behind the plate Monday, but he'll most likely be there Tuesday when Happ (2-2, 3.98) toes the rubber.

The left-hander only allowed two runs but walked a career high-tying seven and was pulled after 3 2-3 innings in his last outing, Thursday's 3-1 loss to Boston.

"He's the type of pitcher where he pitches up in the zone and sometimes he loses (his release point)," Gibbons said of the southpaw, whose 1.44 strikeout-to-walk ratio would be among the majors' worst if he had enough innings to qualify.

The Rays will try to send the Blue Jays to a fifth consecutive loss with Happ pitching, while attempting to avoid their first set of back-to-back home losses this season.

"It's a difficult loss, no question," said manager Joe Maddon, whose team built a 7-0 lead behind Evan Longoria's grand slam and Luke Scott's two-run shot. "But it's about how we react tomorrow."

Tampa Bay hopes Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28) reacts well to his first start in nearly two weeks. The right-hander, whose turn was skipped Thursday when the game in Kansas City was postponed due to weather, was tagged for a career-high three homers in a 5-4 road loss to the Chicago White Sox on April 26. He matched a season high with five runs allowed.

Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez is 3-1 with a 4.54 ERA in six starts versus Toronto, the last coming two years ago while with Cleveland.

The right-hander will face a Blue Jays team that's totaled 18 runs and 27 hits in consecutive wins after plating three runs while losing its previous four.

The Rays' lineup, and defense up the middle, could get a boost Tuesday. Second baseman Ben Zobrist is expected to come off the bereavement list, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, a former Blue Jay who pinch hit Monday, may start for the first time since getting hit on the hand by a pitch Saturday.

Tampa Bay last dropped two straight at home in this AL East matchup on July 20 and Aug. 26, 2008. Toronto had lost 21 of 27 overall to the Rays entering this series.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Blue Jays at Rays
Mon, May 6 Final 8 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Blue Jays at Rays
Tue, May 7 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Blue Jays at Rays
Wed, May 8 Final 4 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Blue Jays at Rays
Thu, May 9 Final 4 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +130   -170   8.5 
 TAM  -140   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +130   -175   8.5 
 TAM  -140   +155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  34%   36%   69% 
 TAM  66%   64%   31% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 8 Cover: +128 
 TAM 7 Over: 15 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 6 Cover: +120 
 TAM 1 Under: 7 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 3 Cover: +125 
 TAM 1 Over: 4 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 4 Over: 9 
 TOR 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, May 7
 
    Royals at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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