May 23, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Rich Thompson (24) is congratulated by first baseman Carlos Pena (23) and second baseman Drew Sutton (44) after he scored the game winning run on center fielder B.J. Upton (2) (not pictured) double in the eleventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 in eleven inning. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Tampa Bay Rays will continue interleague play in Washington against one of the game's best pitching staffs.
The Tampa Bay Rays continue interleague play this week in Washington against the first-place Nationals. After getting swept by the Mets, the Rays responded with a series win over the Miami Marlins. But the Nats will present their toughest interleague test yet, as Davey Johnson's club boasts arguably the best pitching staff in the game. The Rays will face the one-two punch of Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez this week.
But the series will open Tuesday with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound for Washington. Tampa will reportedly call up outfielder Will Thompson for the series in Washington. Thompson was up earlier this year after an eight-year gap between big-league appearances. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reported late Monday night on the roster move:
#Rays will call up OF Rich Thompson before Tuesday's game to take RHP Gomes spot on the roster.— RMooneyTrib (@RMooneyTrib) June 19, 2012