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Preview: Rays (7-9) at Blue Jays (8-8)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: May 20, 2013 1:07 PM EDT
  

A rainout this weekend gives R.A. Dickey the chance to help the Toronto Blue Jays get back to their winning ways while earning another victory at home.

The Blue Jays' next opponent, though, has had plenty of success in Toronto lately.

The surging Tampa Bay Rays will seek their 13th win in 18 games at Rogers Centre on Monday while denying the Blue Jays a fourth consecutive home victory and fifth in seven overall contests.

Dickey (3-5, 4.83 ERA) was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, but rain in New York pushed the knuckleballer's start back to Monday. Toronto (17-26) was likely happy to leave the area after dropping back-to-back games following a season-best four consecutive victories.

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The Blue Jays were outscored 12-2 in those two games in New York after posting a 36-15 margin in their previous four.

Getting back on track, however, could prove difficult against Tampa Bay, winner in nine of 11. The Rays (23-20) completed a three-game sweep in Baltimore with a 3-1 victory Sunday.

"To come in here (and get a sweep) indicates how much better we've been playing," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays have outscored the Blue Jays 93-54 in their last 17 road games in the series but needed to win their final two games against Toronto to salvage a four-game split at home earlier this month.

Those two victories kick-started Tampa Bay's current surge, and Jake Odorizzi will try to help the Rays keep rolling in his debut with the club.

The right-hander, taking the place of injured ace David Price, was acquired from Kansas City in December in the deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

Odorizzi, 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Durham this season, was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in his first two major league starts in September, both against Cleveland.

"Hopefully he gets at least five or six innings in there," Maddon told the team's website. "He's not intimidated by all this stuff. He's got a nice way about him. He has a confidence about him. He's not over-amped about the whole thing. So for all those different reasons, I think he's going to be just fine."

Dickey, meanwhile, will try to build on his first win in five outings. He struck out a season-high 10 and gave up two runs over six innings in a 10-6 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday.

In his previous start, he allowed three runs over six innings to Tampa Bay but Toronto failed to hold a lead in a 5-4 defeat in 10 innings. Dickey is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last two starts against the Rays.

"I faced Tampa two starts ago, so they're pretty fresh in my mind and I have some notes that I'll reflect on," Dickey told the team's website. "But outside of that, I pretty much know what I need to do to be successful."

Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria doubled off the right-hander in that game as part of his career-high, 13-game hit streak. Longoria, batting .385 (20 for 52) during that run, is 17 for 33 (.515) during an eight-game hit streak against the Blue Jays.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rays at Blue Jays
Mon, May 20 Final 5 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rays at Blue Jays
Tue, May 21 Final 4 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rays at Blue Jays
Wed, May 22 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  +135   -155   9 
 TOR  -145   +135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  +135   -150   9 
 TOR  -150   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  41%   21%   71% 
 TOR  59%   79%   29% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 4 Over: 9 
 TAM 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 4 Over: 14 
 TAM 10 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 6 Cover: +130 
 TAM 4 Over: 10 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 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 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, May 20
 
    Mariners at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
8:40 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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