TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 19: Ben Zobrist #18 and Luke Scott #30 congratulate Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays on 3 run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at the Rogers Centre April 19 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Rays Vs. Blue Jays: Tampa Clinches Series In Canada With 9-4 Win Over Toronto

The Tampa Bays Rays finished off their 10-game road trip with a 9-4 win against the Jays that featured a season-high 4 RBIs for Evan Longoria.

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Rays Vs. Blue Jays Recap: Tampa Finishes Road Trip With Series Win In Toronto

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched their series against AL East foe Toronto on Thursday night, winning the final game against the Jays, 9-4. Tampa jumped on Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez early, and then sealed the win with a three-run 5th inning. Alvarez gave up a career-high six earned runs.

Evan Longoria did a lot of damage, coming within a triple of the cycle, and launching his first home run since opening day. Longoria hit a two-run shot in the top of the 6th that traveled 441 feet at the Rogers Centre. He added a double in the 9th inning to finish with 4 RBIs.

Jeremy Heliickson was solid for Joe Maddon on the mound, allowing only two earned rounds in five and two-thirds innings to improve to 2-0. He threw struck out four and threw 106 pitches, and then got a little wild in the 6th inning, loading the bases before J.P. Howell came on and picked him up to get out of the jam unscathed.

Tampa finishes the two-stop road trip at 4-6, but come home to Tropicana Field with a good series win up north. They will host the Minnesota Twins on Friday night with Matt Moore toeing the rubber.

For more on this and every Tampa Bay Rays' series, head over to DRaysBay. And for some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Bluebird Banter, SB Nation's Toronto Blue Jays blog. And as always, you can check out SB Nation's Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB series.

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Stephen Vogt's Unfortunate Record And His Dwindling Chance

The Rays outfield utilityman has had a rough start to his MLB career -- and it's going to have a lasting effect.

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Rays Vs. Blue Jays Preview: Tampa Bay Looks To Conclude Road Trip With A Win In Toronto

The Tampa Bay Rays finish their 10-game road trip on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays have gone 3-6 away from Tropicana Field including splitting the first two games in this series. The Rays want to keep the offensive production up after a 12-2 victory on Wednesday. The Rays hit four home runs in that game including a grand slam by Luke Scott.

The Rays send Jeremy Hellickson to the mound on Thursday. Hellickson had a no decision in his last start, giving up five earned runs in five innings against the Boston Red Sox on April 14. Hellickson will be making his third start in his career in Toronto where he is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

The Blue Jays send Henderson Alvarez to the mound to oppose the Rays. Alvarez has no recorded wins or losses but has an ERA of 2.77 in two quality starts. He pitched seven innings and allowed only three runs in a no decision against the Baltimore Orioles on April 14. Alvarez has only made one prior start against Tampa Bay, pitching six innings but allowing four runs with three home runs on August 26 of last year.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre. The game will be televised on Sunshine Sports while the radio broadcast will be on WDAE 620.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the next few days on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Tampa Bay Rays' series, head over to DRaysBay. And for some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Bluebird Banter, SB Nation's Toronto Blue Jays blog. And as always, you can check out SB Nation's Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB series.

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Rays Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Tampa Pours On Runs, Win 12-2

The Tampa Bay Rays have struggled to score runs over the past week while on the road, but were finally able to get their bats going against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday evening picking up a 12-2 win. The Rays kicked off the scoring with a two-run home run by Ben Zobrist in the first inning. The Blue Jays cut into the lead early when Jose Bautista singled in a run, but the Rays offense opened up starting in the fourth inning.

The Rays picked up a run in the fourth, but then followed up with seven unanswered runs including a six-run ninth inning beating up on Carlos Villaneuva. The Rays had four players hit home runs and David Price picked up his second win of the year, pitching just 5.1 innings and giving up eight hits.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the next few days on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Tampa Bay Rays' series, head over to DRaysBay. And for some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Bluebird Banter, SB Nation's Toronto Blue Jays blog. And as always, you can check out SB Nation's Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB series.

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Rays Vs. Blue Jays: Tampa Bay Looks To Bounce Back Against Toronto

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped the first game of their series in Toronto behind some questionable defense and their inability to keep the Blue Jays inside the park. Evan Longoria had three errors, Toronto had three home runs, and that added up to a 7-3 victory in Game 1. They'll get a chance to even the series on Wednesday in Game 2; first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 pm ET and the game can be found on Sun Sports.

Te pitching matchup could favor the Rays tonight, as David Price will toe the rubber against Brandon Morrow. Price hasn't been totally sharp so far this season, but he has managed to put together a 1-1 record, and his off game could be considered kind of a fluke. Morrow hasn't earned a decision yet this season either way, and has a 2.57 ERA.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the next few days on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Tampa Bay Rays' series, head over to DRaysBay. And for some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Bluebird Banter, SB Nation's Toronto Blue Jays blog. And as always, you can check out SB Nation's Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB series.

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Rays Vs. Blue Jays Recap: Tampa Bay Drops Series Opener In Toronto

The Tampa Bay Rays road record dropped to 2-6 on Tuesday night, with a 7-3 loss in Toronto to the Blue Jays. The Jays took advantage of two Evan Longoria miscues in the field, as the Rays' franchise third baseman committed back-to-back errors to start the bottom of the third inning.

The middle of Toronto's order would make Jeff Niemann pay, as Jose Bautista brought home J.P. Arencibia on a sacrifice fly and Aaron Lind belted a two-run homer in the very next at-bat. Longoria would commit his third error later in the game in what was a nightmarish evening at the hot corner. Niemann gave up five runs, only two of which were earned. Bautista hammered his second homer of the season in the first, and he appears to be on his way to another impressive power season.

Ricky Romero was solid for John Farrell, allowing only three runs in six innings. The Rays got on the board in the top of the fifth, as they went through the order again and added two runs. Matt Joyce would hit his second homer of the season in the bottom of the 7th, but that would close the book on Tampa's offense. Tampa will look to bounce back tomorrow night and will throw David Price against Brandon Morrow.

For more on this and every Tampa Bay Rays' series, head over to DRaysBay. And for some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Bluebird Banter, SB Nation's Toronto Blue Jays blog. And as always, you can check out SB Nation's Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB series.

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Rays Vs. Blue Jays: Tampa Bay Heads North To Toronto To Face Division Rival Blue Jays

After salvaging a win in their series against Boston, the Rays now head North of the border to face the Jays in Toronto.

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