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Blue Jays bomb the Rays in easy 7-0 shutout victory

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You can see it’s football’s preseason. Even the Tampa Bay Rays got beat by a touchdown Wednesday night.

The Rays returned to the cellar against Toronto, losing 7-0 to the Blue Jays, who took over first place with the  victory.

Tampa Bay managed only five hits against Toronto’s J.A. Happ, whose 16 victories lead the major leagues. Kevin Kiermaier had two of the hits and Richie Shaffer two more. Shaffer was immediately sent down to make room for newly acquired Matt Duffy.

Rookie Blake Snell lasted only five outs and allowed five runs. It didn’t help when right-fielder Steven Souza dropped a fly ball in the right-field foul territory, quickly followed by a three-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki. Snell had made five straight starts in which he allowed two runs or fewer.

“It was unfortunate that happened,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “That changes at least that inning. We’ve got to be able to overcome that as pitchers. He just misplayed a ball. Blake’s going to learn he has to pick up the other guy. We’re going to make errors behind some pitchers.

The Rays are off tonight, then start a three-game series against the Yankees. Chris Archer pitches for the Rays against C.C. Sabathia.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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