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      TORONTO — The Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays are going to see a lot of each other in September Youth Myles Jack Jersey , starting Monday night at the Rogers Centre.If it seems like the Rays and the Jays were playing at the Rogers Centre only a short time ago, it is because they were.It was only three weeks ago when the Rays won two games from the Blue Jays in a three-game series Aug. 10-12.Article continues below ...Through a scheduling quirk, they will be back at it again starting Monday with a three-game series as Toronto’s Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.27 ERA) will come off the disabled list (right middle finger blister) to start for the first time since Aug. 17. The Rays had not named their starter for Monday night.And if Toronto fans have not seen enough of the Rays, the teams will be playing again in a four-game series Sept. 20-23. Then the teams will return to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a three-game series Sept. 28-30 at Tropicana Field that will complete the season.Not that everything is the same with the teams. The Blue Jays, for instance, made two trades on Friday. They sent third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has been injured for most of the season, to the Cleveland Indians and outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers. Those teams have postseason aspirations and the Blue Jays are rebuilding, or transitioning.Both teams are coming off victories.The Blue Jays (62-74) enter the series against the Rays after a 6-1 victory Sunday over the Miami Marlins to complete a 2-4 road trip that included being swept in a three-game series by the Baltimore Orioles.The Rays (73-63) defeated the Indians 6-4 on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series at Progressive Field. They have won 11 of their past 13 games to go a season-best 10 games above .500.Stroman allowed five runs in four innings at Yankee Stadium before going on the DL with a blister problem that has been hampering him for quite some time.His previous start, on Aug. 12, was the only one he has made against the Rays this season. He allowed one run and five hits in five innings in a no-decision, a game the Blue Jays won 2-1.In 12 career starts against the Rays, Stroman is 5-4 with a 4.20 ERA.In a rubber match with the Miami Marlins on Sunday, Sean Reid-Foley struck out 10 in a seven-inning outing for his first win in his third major league start. He is the first Blue Jays starter to pitch seven innings since Aug. 22.Starting pitching has been a weak spot for the Blue Jays lately and has been a disappointment most of the season.“Our starting pitching has been getting hit around pretty good the past 10 days or so and gets us behind the eight ball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after a loss on Saturday. “Hopefully, we can get that ironed out. We need to get that taken care of.”Smoak, who entered the game Sunday in the bottom of the ninth as a defensive replacement, has hit home runs in each of the past four games that he has had a plate appearance. Kendrys Morales , who started at first base Sunday, recently cot completed a seven-game home run streak.The Rays made a move before their game Sunday, recalling infielder-outfielder Andrew Velazquez from Triple-A Durham. Right-hander Jose Mujica (undisclosed injury) was recalled from Durham and was moved to the 60-day DL.With regular center fielder Kevin Kiermaier sitting out Sunday after leaving the game Saturday in the seventh inning with back spasms, Velazquez entered the game Sunday in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in center field.Kiermaier said he was available off the bench Sunday and hopes to return to the lineup on Monday.Rays outfielder Mallex Smith (viral infection) is expected to be activated from the DL when eligible on Monday.Tampa Bay first baseman-outfielder Jake Bauers was 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday and is 4-for-58 since Aug. 10.“This isn’t the worst thing for him,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s 22. He’s going to be fine. I know he’s scuffling. To be able to get to the offseason, we want to see him get there on a high note.“But at the same time, if he’s able to do that, he’s going to look back and say, ‘Hey, I had maybe the roughest patch of my career and I was able to kind of weather the storm.’“I think that means something, especially to some young guys. I don’t think it would be smart for us to run from him. He’s part of our future.” MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers‘ inconsistent offense couldn’t offset Chase Anderson’s continuing home run struggles.Jose Peraza hit a two-run homer off Anderson in the first inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 3-1 Tuesday night, the Brewers’ third loss in four games.“The first pitch is just kind of a blooper into center field and then he fell behind Peraza,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But after six pitches, we’re down 2-0.”The Brewers’ edge for the top NL wild-card spot was cut to two games by St. Louis, with Colorado also in close contention. Milwaukee fell 3 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.Milwaukee managed only three hits against five Cincinnati pitchers. It was the third low-scoring loss for the Brewers in four games — they fell to Pittsburgh 3-1 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday.“We’re going to have to do a little better than that, for sure,” Counsell said. “More pressure has to be put on the other team. There was nothing really happening tonight. I don’t know if we had a significant rally really all night.”Scott Schebler opened the first with a single to left off Anderson, who has allowed an NL-high 30 home runs. Peraza then connected for his 13th homer.The Brewers made it 2-1 with an unearned run in the second, but the Reds made it 3-1 in the fourth on Schebler’s RBI double.Michael Lorenzen, making his first start since 2015 after 151 relief appearances, allowed one unearned run on one hit in four innings. Sal Romano (8-11) followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory.Raisel Iglesias struck out three in the ninth after a leadoff walk for his 28th save.“I’ve been saying Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey , ‘Give me a chance, give me a chance.’ They gave me a chance against a good lineup, so I was excited about that,” said Lorenzen, who has indicated he would like to be a starter. “It was like, ‘Man, you better step up.'”Anderson (9-8) gave up three runs on six hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season. Six relievers blanked the Reds the rest of the way.“I was just kind of inconsistent where I could throw the ball tonight,” Anderson said. “One inning I felt I could make a pitch, the next inning I couldn’t. So, it’s just kind of the inconsistency I’ve been battling, I would say, pretty much this whole season.”In the Milwaukee second, Travis Shaw was hit by a pitch and advanced on a groundout. Shaw came around when Schebler bobbled Jonathan Schoop’s single to right.Reds center fielder Mason Williams made a sensational, over-the-shoulder basket catch on Curtis Granderson’s one-out drive to the warning track in the sixth. It prevented a possible run as Christian Yelich followed with a single.“A couple people on the bench thought that ball was gone,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “I didn’t think it was going to go as far as it did. Mase did a great job on it. That one was close. We’re trying to keep it in the ballpark as much as we can. We did a good job of that tonight.”TRAINER’S ROOMReds: RHP Homer Bailey probably will not pitch again this season, Riggleman said. Bailey (1-14, 6.09 ERA) was removed from the rotation after his last start Sept. 5, and has indicated he can’t relieve. … RHP Tyler Mahle, bothered by right shoulder fatigue, is not ready to start Sunday , Riggleman said.Brewers: Shaw was hit on the left knee by a pitch to open the second and was down for several minutes in the batter’s box. After being examined by the trainer, Shaw remained in the game. He came around to score the Brewers’ first run, but left in the fourth inning with a right knee contusion. “They did X-rays, nothing there, just a contusion,” Counsell said. “But, it stiffened up and he wasn’t able to move around.” … CF Lorenzo Cain left was removed after striking out in the fourth. “He took a swing a couple days ago that just kind of intercostal, it’s just been bugging him a little bit,” Counsell said. “I just thought he took some swing tonight in the second at-bat that just didn’t look good, and so we took him out of the game. We’ll see how we’re looking tomorrow.”UP NEXTReds: RHP Matt Harvey (7-8, 4.67 ERA), whom the Brewers had tried to acquire in August, starts the series finale on Wednesday night. Harvey, obtained in May from the Mets, is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his last seven starts. His 26 starts are his most since 2015.Brewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-11, 4.44 ERA) celebrates his 33rd birthday Wednesday with his third start for Milwaukee since being acquired from Washington on Aug. 31. Gonzalez is 1-0 with the Brewers, allowing three earned runs in 10 1/3 innings after going 7-11 with the Nationals.