Blue Jays starting Shoemaker in Game 1, Ryu in Game 2 vs. Rays
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The Toronto Blue Jays will save ace Hyun Jin Ryu for Game 2 of their wild-card series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Right-hander Matt Shoemaker will start Game 1 on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

"In a three-game series, the goal is to win two of them," manager Charlie Montoyo said, according to Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet. "So, putting our ace in the middle makes sense to us for several reasons."

Shoemaker has made only one start since Aug. 21 due to a right lat strain. He allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work against the New York Yankees on Sept. 21.

The 34-year-old has looked fairly strong against the Rays this season. He owns a 3.60 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 17 strikeouts in 15 innings over three starts versus Tampa.

Shoemaker could be in line for an abbreviated outing if he isn't fully stretched out, with the Blue Jays calling upon someone like left-hander Robbie Ray to piggyback off the veteran hurler.

Taijuan Walker will toe the rubber if the series requires a third game.

The Rays will respond with Blake Snell in Game 1, followed by Tyler Glasnow and potentially Charlie Morton.

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Blue Jays starting Shoemaker in Game 1, Ryu in Game 2 vs. Rays
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