Francisco has a whirlwind weekend

Francisco has a whirlwind weekend

TORONTO -- Ben Francisco was acquired by the Rays in a trade with the Astros on Friday night. The veteran outfielder caught a plane from Houston to Toronto to meet the team on Saturday morning.

Francisco arrived at the Rays' clubhouse at Rogers Centre in the third inning, and by the ninth inning he was in Saturday's game as a pinch-hitter for Jose Lobaton. He popped out to first base in foul territory.

Francisco -- who has played for the Indians, Phillies, Blue Jays and Astros -- was not surprised about getting traded.

"At this point, it's my fourth trade and I'm not surprised by anything," Francisco said. "I'm excited to come back and be in the playoff chase. I've always admired the way these guys go about their business and have fun. It should be fun to be a part of it."

Of course the Rays will be happy if Francisco approaches anywhere near the success he had against them. In 61 career at-bats against the Rays, Francisco hit .410 with six home runs and 19 RBIs.

"Yeah, I had some success against some of the guys here, but that's in the past," Francisco said. "Hopefully, I can do some stuff in a Rays uniform."

Francisco noted that having the Rays pick him to help them down the stretch brought him a positive vibe.

"When a team wants you, it's a good sign," Francisco said. "I just want to contribute and ... help them get to the playoffs."

Francisco is wearing No. 13, making him the first player to wear No. 13 since Carl Crawford left the team prior to the 2011 season. Before Crawford wore No. 13, Miguel Cairo and Ozzie Guillen wore the number.

"I've never worn [No.] 13," said Francisco. "Hopefully, it's got some luck in it."

If Sunday's game was any indication, it does. Francisco went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo homer that began the decisive six-run second inning in the Rays' eventual 9-4 romp over the Blue Jays.