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Jays will give Doc his due Add to ...

The Toronto Blue Jays did not honour former ace Roy Halladay's perfect game with a video-board presentation but they will do so at some point later this week, according to team spokesman Jay Stenhouse.

The Blue Jays open a crucial nine-game set Monday with the first of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. They'll face the Rays again next week at the Trop after three games at the Rogers Centre against the Yankees.

The Rays went into Sunday's game with four pitchers with sub-3.00 earned run averages, the first American League team to boast of that many on May 30 since the 1981 Oakland Athletics - whose group of four included current Blue Jays bullpen coach Rick Langford.

Monday's Rays starter, Matt Garza, is 5-3. Five Rays pitchers have at least five wins, making them the fourth team in the last 25 years to have that many five-game winners through 50 games, joining the 2006 Detroit Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, Justin Verlander, Kenny Rogers, Mike Maroth and Nate Robertson), the 1996 Atlanta Braves (Greg Maddux, Steve Avery, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Denny Neagle) and the 1986 New York Mets (Doc Gooden, Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, Roger McDowell and Bob Ojeda.)

Those three other teams all went to the World Series, with the 1986 Mets winning.

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