Rays-Angels Preview

Tampa Bay has played well on the road against the Los Angeles

Angels this year. The Rays, though, did not have to face Ervin

Santana until now.

The right-hander looks to remain perfect against the Rays in

Anaheim while trying to help the Angels avoid a fourth consecutive

home loss to the AL East co-leaders Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay (77-48) moved into a first-place tie with New York by

winning its third straight, 4-3 over Los Angeles on Monday. It was

the Rays’ fifth one-run game in a row.

“That’s pretty interesting,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s much

more fun to excruciatingly look at the scoreboard every night.”

Since losing six straight on the road to the Angels, the Rays

have won three in a row in Anaheim this season. Three of the teams’

four 2010 meetings have been determined by one run.

Tampa Bay improved to 3-2 on a seven-game trip. B.J. Upton’s

leadoff homer highlighted a three-run first inning for the Rays, a

major league-best 38-24 on the road.

“We’re really just trying to win ballgames, no matter what the

situation is,” third baseman Evan Longoria told the Rays’ official

website.

Hitting .239 on the season, Upton went 1 for 14 in Oakland over

the weekend but had two hits with two RBIs on Monday.

“The numbers aren’t what I would like but I just do what I can,”

Upton said.

The center fielder is a lifetime .225 hitter against the Angels

but has gone 7 for 18 versus Santana (13-8, 3.93 ERA), who leads

Los Angeles in wins.

Santana has posted a 1.21 ERA in winning all three of his home

starts against the Rays. He tossed a three-hitter in a 6-0 home

victory in his last outing versus Tampa Bay on Aug. 11, 2009.

Santana has been outstanding of late, posting a 2.66 ERA in

winning his last three starts. He allowed two runs over seven

innings of a 7-2 win at Boston on Thursday.

Making his debut against Los Angeles, Tampa Bay’s Wade Davis

(9-9, 4.45) will come off the disabled list for his first start

since Aug. 5.

The right-hander, who has not lost since June 27, was 4-0 with a

3.41 ERA in five outings prior to suffering a strained shoulder.

Davis did not experience any discomfort after throwing 43 pitches

during a simulated game Friday.

“I don’t anticipate any setbacks,” Maddon told the Rays’

official website.

Howie Kendrick went 2 for 3 with an RBI on Monday for the Angels

(62-64), losers of seven of 10 since winning three in a row.

Kendrick, 11 for 24 in his last six games, has batted .405 with

12 RBIs in 20 games against Tampa Bay.

“I’m seeing the ball well and having some good swings,” Kendrick

told the Angels’ official website. “I just want to keep it

going.”

Los Angeles is 12-22 versus the AL East.