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Preview: Blue Jays (8-6) at Rays (7-8)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: June 26, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
  

The return of star Jose Reyes might be what the Toronto Blue Jays need to help avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Out since mid-April with a sprained left ankle, the veteran shortstop will be activated from the disabled Wednesday when the visiting Blue Jays try to salvage the finale against a Rays team looking for its fourth consecutive win.

Toronto (38-38) entered this series averaging 6.4 runs and 8.7 hits during a franchise-tying 11-game winning streak, but it's totaled two and 10 hits in the first two. Losers in four straight at Tropicana Field, the Blue Jays have not won any of its last 19 road series against the Rays (41-37).

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Reyes, however, could provide a spark to help the club get back on track.

"I'm very excited about it,' he said. "I missed two months of doing what I love to do and now I know I'm going to be on the field one more time around my team."

Reyes hit .395 with a homer and five RBIs in 10 games when he was injured April 12 at Kansas City.

"He's one of those centerpieces of our team,' manager John Gibbons said. "Before he got hurt he was great. He was playing really well. He's been gone a while and now maybe he can put us over the top. We'll see.'

Scheduled starter R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15 ERA) was another of Toronto's high-profile offseason acquisitions but has been inconsistent in 2013.

The knuckleballer is 2-1 in four June starts despite a 5.01 ERA over those outings. He gave up a run in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 win at Texas on June 15, then allowed six and three home runs in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 7-6 win over Baltimore on Friday.

"I had a pretty good knuckleball going into the game, threw a couple of hangers up there and they got punished in bad situations,' he said.

The right-hander has allowed 10 hits and no homers while going 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last three starts versus Tampa Bay. He's yielded six runs - four earned - and worked around nine walks in 14 innings to go 1-0 against the Rays in 2013.

Slugger Jose Bautista went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat, and is 1 for 15 in the last four at Tropicana Field.

Wil Myers drove in his eighth run in nine career games for Rays, who have won five of seven. He's 3 for 8 and also has a homer in the series.

Tampa Bay's Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14) looks to avoid losing three straight starts for the second time in 2013. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 6-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Hernandez is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts versus Toronto. He gave up a solo homer to Adam Lind, four other hits and struck out seven in six innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays on May 7.

He's yielded two earned runs and eight hits over 14 2-3 innings to win both of his interleague starts in 2013.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Blue Jays at Rays
Mon, Jun 24 Final 1 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Blue Jays at Rays
Tue, Jun 25 Final 1 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Blue Jays at Rays
Wed, Jun 26 Final 3 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +107   -200   8.5 
 TAM  -117   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +100   +145   8.5 
 TAM  -110   -165   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  43%   85%   81% 
 TAM  57%   15%   19% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 1 Under: 6 
 TAM 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 1 Under: 5 
 TAM 4 Cover: +100 
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 May 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 3 Under: 7 
 TOR 4 Cover: +100 
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 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 4 Cover: +100 
 TOR 3 Under: 7 
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 May 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 5 Over: 12 
 TOR 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 4 Over: 9 
 TAM 5 Cover: +100 
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 May 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 4 Over: 14 
 TAM 10 Cover: +100 
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 May 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 6 Cover: +130 
 TAM 4 Over: 10 
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 May 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 8 Cover: +128 
 TAM 7 Over: 15 
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 Mar 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 6 Cover: +120 
 TAM 1 Under: 7 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, Jun 26
 
    Blue Jays at Rays
12:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Marlins
12:40 PM EDT
    Reds at Athletics
3:35 PM EDT
    Pirates at Mariners
3:40 PM EDT
    Rockies at Red Sox
4:05 PM EDT
    Indians at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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