The Tampa Bay Rays (78-60) and Toronto Blue Jays  open a 5-game set Monday at Rogers Centre

 First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET. Season series: Rays lead 6-4

The Rays fell 5 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the lead in the AL East after a 10-4 loss Sunday at Yankee Stadium

New York outscored Tampa Bay by a combined 20-7 in the final 2 games of the series.

The Rays have 24 games remaining, including 9 vs. Toronto and 6 vs. the AL-leading Houston Astros.

The Blue Jays fell short of a 3-game sweep over the Texas Rangers with a 4-1 loss Sunday at Globe Life Field. 

Toronto went 0 for 7 with RISP vs. Rangers starter LHP Martín Pérez

 Criswell (0-1, 20.25 ERA in 2021) makes his 1st start of the 2022 season

 He is 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9 and 7.2 K/9 through 27 1/3 IP for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

Only start vs. the Rays this season: Allowed 2 ER on 8 H and 2 BB with 3 K through 5 IP in a win July 1