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PIT@TOR: Morrow dominant over four scoreless frames

The Rays had the Blue Jays' number last year. Toronto manager John Farrell isn't quick to forget.

The Blue Jays went just 6-12 against Tampa Bay -- the worst Toronto fared against any American League team -- and averaged just 3.1 runs per game versus their division foe.

Toronto got off on the right foot against the Rays this season, with a 7-3 victory on Tuesday.

"This is a good team," Farrell said. "We're going to get good pitching thrown at us, we know that. I'd like to think we're better equipped to play the type of games we were just now discussing -- low-run games -- [with] the ability to manufacture a run in given situations. But we fully anticipate some relatively low-scoring games."

Tampa Bay has scored just 41 runs in 11 games. The Rays entered Tuesday's action ranked 10th in the AL in scoring. However, the offense would be suffering much more if not for free-agent additions Carlos Pena and Luke Scott.

In his second tour of duty with the Rays, Pena is hitting .390 with a 1.197 OPS. He had three singles in Tuesday's loss. Scott is batting .318 with a 1.057 OPS. No other regular is hitting .300 or has an OPS better than .859.

"[Pena] is a threat every time he steps into the box," Farrell said. "The addition of [him] and Luke Scott give them quick-strike ability that might not have been there as consistently a year ago. It gives some balance, particularly when you're going up against a left-handed pitcher where you've got [right fielder Ben] Zobrist and [third baseman Evan] Longoria from the right side and Pena and Scott from the left side. It's lengthened out their lineup and given them more home-run capability."

Rays: Price looks for longer outing
David Price, who will pitch on Wednesday, lasted just three innings in his most recent outing, a 12-2 loss to Boston. Price allowed three runs on four hits and three walks, amassing 83 pitches.

"I'm going to have 33, 34 starts this year, and there are going to be some when I don't have it," Price said. "My body felt good, my arm felt good. It just wasn't there."

Price has a stellar track record against the Blue Jays. In 12 career starts against Toronto, the southpaw is 9-2 with a 2.06 ERA.

"I've just got to throw strikes," Price said. "I feel, honestly, my stuff right now is better than it has ever been in my life. My fastball velocity, changeup, my curveball -- everything feels good. I've got to get it together."

• Catcher Jose Molina returned to Toronto on Tuesday for the first time since he was a member of the Blue Jays. Molina spent the last two seasons as Toronto's reserve backstop.

"It's great to be back here in Toronto, but in a different way, as a visitor this time," Molina said. "I enjoyed it here, but you've just got to move on."

Blue Jays: Morrow hopes to build on success against Rays
In 12 career outings (eight starts) against the Rays, Brandon Morrow has compiled a 4-3 record and 2.26 ERA. The right-hander will oppose Price when the clubs square off on Wednesday.

Morrow has tossed seven innings in each of his two starts this season. He yielded four runs in his latest outing, but the Blue Jays lost, 7-5, to Baltimore.

"I did my job, got us through the seventh with the lead," Morrow said.

• Someone will toe the rubber for Toronto on Saturday against the Royals. Just who that might be remains a mystery, for now.

The Blue Jays have only needed a fifth starter once so far this season. Joel Carreno made that start and allowed four runs in six innings against the Indians. Carreno could make Saturday's start if he doesn't make his scheduled start on Wednesday for Triple-A Las Vegas. If not Carreno, Drew Hutchison or Jesse Chavez could get the nod.

"That [decision] will be made well in advance of Saturday," Farrell said.

Worth noting
• Price struck out 14 over seven innings in his last appearance against Toronto on Aug. 28.

• Toronto began a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with Tuesday's contest against Tampa Bay.

• The Rays will have the 25th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The Blue Jays will have the 17th and 22nd overall selections. Comments