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Raise aims to bounce off Jays behind Corey Kluber

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After finishing one streak, the visiting Tampa Bay Rays will go out on Friday afternoon to stop another streak against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of the five-game series.

Raise played 14 consecutive games of team record, determined by one or two runs, before losing 4-1 to the Blue Jays on Thursday at the series opener. During that stretch they were 5-9. In 2007, the previous club mark, which was decided in one or two runs, was nine.

Tampa Bay also wants to end three consecutive losses. Raise will send a right-handed Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45 ERA) on Friday to compete with the Blue Jays' right-handed Jose Berríos (5-4, 5.86).

With five career starts with Tampa Bay, Berríos is 0-3 and ERA is 5.76.

The crew bar is 2-4, and 4.50 ERA will face the Blue Jays in 10 careers.

As Tampa Bay took, the Blue Jays and Rays are 2-2 in the season series so far. Two out of three at home in mid-May.

This series should be a challenge for both pitching staff. The five games will be played on Saturday with a doubleheader for four days. The Blue Jays will then begin a seven-game road trip in a three-game series against Oakland Athletics starting Monday.

"You have to go for each game," said Charlie Montoyo, manager of the Blue Jays. "And not only pitchers, but fielders also have lots of games and no holidays. Then they go to Toronto and play there without holidays. You have to pay attention to everything, not just pitching."

Kevin Gausman in Toronto will start one of the doubleheader games on Saturday. It's his right-handed choice as to which game he throws. Montoyo didn't know who would start another game.

Thursday's match was the first of the 11 Raise road trips. The trek will continue with three games against the Boston Red Sox and end with three games against the Cincinnati Reds.

"We will have to come to play," said Rays infielder Taylor Walls. "It's going to be a dogfight. I think every series that plays against teams in the American League East will be, so we need to be ready. We're ready. And we're looking forward to it.

Raise hopes to bring outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (inflammation of the hip joint) back from the injured list on Friday. Right-handed Drew Rasmussen (hamstring strain) may return to rotation this weekend.

Toronto's Teoscar Hernandez continued to succeed on Thursday with two run home runs, doubles and singles against Rays. He hit 18 home runs against the Tampa Bay and 18 home runs against the Red Sox.

Santiago Espinal also had a two-run home run for the Blue Jays. He hasn't hit a long ball against the 21-game drought Kansas City Royals since June 6.

Isaac Paredes hit 11 home runs in the season for the Rays on Thursday. In his last eight games, he has hit .429 (12 to 28) with two doubles, six home runs and 10 RBIs.

Raise added left-handed Brooks Raley and right-handed Ryan Thompson to the restricted list on Thursday because they did not meet Canada's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Instead, right-handed Javy Guerra and Phoenix Sanders have been added.

Tampa Bay also put left-handed Jeffrey Springs on the family's emergency list and recalled left-handed Ryan Yarbrough from Triple A Durham. Yarbro lost four runs in the 5 1/3 innings on Thursday.

– Field-level media