ST. PETERSBURG -- Left-hander Mark Buehrle will look to avoid one of his prototypical slow starts to the season when he takes the mound against lefty Matt Moore and the Rays on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Buehrle has been one of the most reliable pitchers for the past decade, but there has always been room for improvement in April. His 4.32 career ERA during that month is higher than any other, something he'll look to change in 2014.
The 35-year-old is coming off an impressive Spring Training where he threw slightly more pitches than normal to get ready for the season. Buehrle's 2.93 ERA in the Grapefruit League would seem to indicate he's good to go.
"Obviously, the results in Spring Training don't mean [anything], but you still want to get people out, if it's in Spring Training or during the season," Buehrle said. "I feel good, and I think that's the biggest thing I'm taking out of this camp. I feel healthy, I'm ready to go, and hopefully the results are there."
Moore could be an ace on a lot of staffs, but with the Rays, he opens up as their No. 3 starter in part because of the club's impressive depth. He's coming off a 17-win season during which he posted a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts.
The 24-year-old has yet to post an ERA above 3.81 in his two big league seasons, but had a somewhat inconsistent spring where he went 3-2 with a 4.67 ERA. Moore had some early mechanical issues and had a line drive deflected off his mouth, though he managed to avoid serious injury.
"It was an eventful spring," Moore said. "A little bit of everything. I think there were a couple of good outings mixed in there where I didn't give up any runs. ... I think heading into the season, I think we got what we needed to out of spring and I feel like I'm in a really good place."
Blue Jays: Reyes hopes to return mid-April
Shortstop Jose Reyes is optimistic that he will be able to return to the lineup by the middle of April. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning and was diagnosed with mild inflammation in his left hamstring. It's the same results that he received when originally suffering the injury in the final week of Spring Training.
Reyes will be shut down for several days before resuming baseball activities. There isn't a timetable for his return, but the four-time All-Star is hopeful that this becomes a short-term situation instead of a lingering issue.
The injury is similar the one that Reyes had in 2011 with the Mets. Reyes missed a total of 29 games that season with two separate stints on the disabled list.
"It is a relief, that's good news," Reyes said of the MRI results. "Just showed some inflammation there, no damage at all. Just need some rest, should be fine and back to playing.
"It's kind of similar [to 2011]. Hopefully it'll be like that because 2011, the two times I went to the DL, I only missed 29 games, so that means two weeks. So if I'm able to play in two weeks, that's going to be great."
Rays: DeJesus expects to avoid the DL
Outfielder David DeJesus left Monday's game after getting hit on his right foot in the eighth inning. X-rays of DeJesus' foot were negative, but he said Tuesday he experienced "a little bit" of overnight swelling.
Even so, DeJesus does not believe he'll land on the disabled list.
"That's not something I'm looking at, at all," DeJesus said. "It's just one of those things, I have to get all of that [swelling and soreness] out. Be OK soon."
• The Blue Jays haven't won a road series vs. the Rays since April 6-8, 2007. The stretch of 19 consecutive non-winning series at Tropicana Field is the longest such streak since the Rays had 25 consecutive non-winning series at Fenway Park from 2000-08.
• Blue Jays shortstop Jonathan Diaz recorded the first hit of his Major League career during Tuesday's 4-2 victory. Diaz walked in his first at-bat, then hit an RBI single in the fourth to help secure the win. Diaz entered the game hitless in four at-bats.
• Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings has three doubles in the first two games of the season. He joins Vinny Castilla (2001) as the only Rays to achieve the feat.
• Rays outfielder Matt Joyce is 4-for-5 with a pair of walks in his club's first two games. He has reached base or driven in a run in eight of his nine plate appearances.