with the Toronto Blue Jays this season.They defeated the Blue Jays 7-1 Monday in the opener of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre and lead the season series 8-2.The Rays (74-63) will try to keep that mastery going Tuesday in the second game of the series when they will start right-hander Ryne Stanek (2-3 Johnny Pesky Jersey
, 2.72 ERA) while the Blue Jays (62-75) will start left-hander Ryan Borucki (3-3, 4.52).Article continues below ...Stanek will be starting for the second game in a row and for the 23rd time this season. Tuesday will be the 42nd time this season that the Rays will use a reliever to start a game, or what has become known as an opener. Then manager Kevin Cash will bring in a pitcher who can go a bit longer. Or, as in the case Monday, much longer.After Stanek pitched a perfect first inning Monday, Yonny Chirinos took over and allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win.“When he’s going good that’s kind of what we’ve seen, very, very efficient,” Cash said of Chirinos.It was the right-hander’s sixth consecutive relief appearance of five or more innings, which is tied for second in major league history.Chirinos gave up two walks and an RBI single in his first inning, requiring 25 pitches, then he settled down and used only 47 pitches for his final six innings.Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman allowed six hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday. It was his first start since Aug. 17 because he had been on the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. It was still bothering him Monday.“It’s clearly affecting him and bothering him,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Borucki has never faced the Rays. He is coming off a 4 2/3 innings no-decision start against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday when he allowed five hits and five runs in a 10-5 loss.The Blue Jays have won only twice in their past eight games, while the Rays have won 12 of their past 14 games. They are now 11 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2013 season at 92-71.“It’s been fun,” Cash said.Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are batting only .175 against the Rays this season, their lowest against any team.Both teams have taken advantage of the expanded rosters for the final month of the season.The Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-carl-yastrzemski-jersey
, their No. 25-ranked prospect, from Triple-A Durham and he made his major league debut Monday night’s game and went 0-for-4 with a run scored.Rays catcher Adam Moore was placed on the restricted list due to improper documentation for his passport, making room for Ciuffo on the 40-man roster.The Rays also will recall right-hander Jake Faria on Tuesday.Outfielder Mallex Smith (viral infection) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Monday and was 1-for-5 with an RBI. He also used his speed in right field to cut off a potential extra-base hit by Billy McKinney and keep it to a single in the sixth inning. That proved valuable when the next batter, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., grounded into a double play.The Blue Jays have already called up relievers Mark Leiter Jr., Jose Fernandez and Taylor Guerrieri — all of whom pitched Monday — as well as Sean Reid-Foley, who struck out 10 in earning his first major league win Sunday in Miami.“I thought they all did very well,” Gibbons said.There will be more players called up this week.“There’ll be a few,” Gibbons said. “Some of them will come (Tuesday).”The Triple-A Buffalo Bisons’ season ended Monday and they missed the playoffs. That could mean that outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. and infielder Richard Urena will be called up soon. MIAMI (AP) — It’s been a month since the Philadelphia Phillies won a series, and Miami’s Sandy Alcantara made sure that drought continued.Alcantara pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning in his second career start, Austin Dean drove in a pair of runs and the Marlins beat the Phillies 2-1 on Wednesday night.Alcantara (2-0) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six. His ERA, over 12 innings this season, dropped to 0.75.“You’re talking about a guy who can be a top of the rotation guy,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.The Phillies swept a four-game set from the Marlins from Aug. 2-5, and have lost 18 of 28 games since — with no series wins in any of their last nine opportunities. They remained three games behind Atlanta in the NL East race, after the Braves wasted a 7-1 lead and lost 9-8 earlier Wednesday to Boston.“We set out to win every baseball game Ted Williams Jersey
,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “And our pleasure or our disappointment hinges on how we perform, and not really what Atlanta’s doing.”Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit double and eventually scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s flare into left field in the eighth, but the Phillies mustered nothing else.Derek Dietrich scored both Miami runs, the first when Dean hit into a fielder’s choice in the second, the other on Dean’s single to center in the fourth. Both of those runs were charged to Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (7-11), who gave up three hits and two runs in four innings.“Their starting pitcher did a tremendous job,” Pivetta said. “But at the end of the day, I was the guy who gave up two runs, so it’s on me.”Drew Steckenrider allowed a walk and a single with one out in the ninth, but finished off his fourth save with a pair of strikeouts.Alcantara walked Carlos Santana to lead off the game, walked Roman Quinn to lead off the eighth, and issued no other free passes. He was still reaching 98 mph in the seventh inning, then got himself out of a little situation in the seventh to preserve what was then a 2-0 lead.Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro, who had singled twice off Alcantara and had three hits on the night, got plunked in the left arm when a fastball from the Marlins rookie sailed up and in. Alfaro wasn’t amused, took a long stare toward Alcantara as he walked to first.But Alcantara wasn’t rattled, and fanned Wilson Ramos on three pitches to end the inning with his 2-0 lead intact. The Marlins let him hit in the bottom of the seventh Jim Rice Jersey
, then sent him back out for the eighth — pulling him only after the walk to Quinn.That runner didn’t hurt Miami. Santana lined out to second baseman Starlin Castro, Quinn got caught 30 feet off the bag and the Phillies went from having the leadoff runner aboard to having the bases empty with two out.“Everything was working tonight,” Alcantara said.Lewis Brinson had two hits for the Marlins, continuing his strong return after missing two months with a right hip injury. Brinson was hitting .154 when he got hurt; he’s now up to .201, after going 8 for 18 since coming back.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: 3B Maikel Franco returned to Philadelphia to have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. Franco is expected to rejoin the team later this week, and didn’t play in any of the three games in Miami.Marlins: JT Riddle (sore left wrist) remained sidelined, and Miguel Rojas started again at shortstop in his place. The Marlins hope Riddle can play Friday in Pittsburgh.SCOREBOARD WATCHINGThe Boston-Atlanta game was early Wednesday, which meant the Phillies could watch it in their clubhouse before taking the field in Miami. “We’re focused on our club right now but we were certainly watching,” Kapler said.MSD STRONGThe Marlins and Phillies both met with a couple of the survivors from the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School before the game. Former Phillies star Jimmy Rollins signed some autographs, and players from both sides handed out bats and batting gloves as gifts.UP NEXTPhillies: Off Thursday, then RHP Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23) starts at the New York Mets and LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20) on Friday.Marlins: Off Thursday, then RHP Dan Straily (5-6, 4.13) starts at the Pittsburgh Pirates and RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.56) on Friday.