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Rays v Jays: Happ released from hospital

Posted May 8, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 8, 2013 at 05:43 PM

ST. PETERSBURG Toronto Blue Jay pitcher J.A. Happ was released from Bayfront Medical Center at 11:55 a.m. today and met with the media this afternoon.

“I feel very fortunate,” Happ said.

Apparently, Happ suffered a leg injury in addition to a laceration on his left ear and a contusion after being struck on the left side of his head during Tuesday’s game by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings.

Jennings called Happ, which Happ said he appreciated.

“It’s a scary thing on his end, too, I’m sure,” Happ said.

The Rays and Blue Jays meet tonight for the third game of this four-game series. The Jays won the first two in come-from-behind fashion, which is a disturbing trend of the Rays.

The Rays have now lost 13 times this season when holding a lead at some point in the game. That’s the most in the major leagues.

The bullpen has a 5.19 ERA, the highest in the American League, despite throwing only 78 innings, the second fewest in the majors.

Jake McGee, in his last eight outings, has allowed 10 runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched – a 13.50 ERA. He’s allowed four homers in 12 innings this season. Last year he allowed three in 55 1/3.

Matt Moore (5-0, 1.95 ERA) faces Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.75) tonight. The good news is the Rays are 6-0 in Moore’s starts this season.

Here are the lineups:

Lawrie 3B
Cabrera DH
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Arencibia C
Davis LF
DeRosa 2B
Izturis SS
Bonifacio CF

Romero LHP (0-1, 6.75)

Jennings CF
Johnson LF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Scott DH
Lobaton C
Fuld RF

Moore LHP (5-0, 1.95)

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