Following a brief road trip, the Tampa Bay Rays get the chance to add to the best home record in the majors.
Another superb start from Jeremy Hellickson at Tropicana Field might help, but he'll have to outperform Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez to win a third straight start in Monday night's four-game series opener.
Playing its only road series in a span of more than two weeks, Tampa Bay (14-8) took two of three from AL-leading Texas including a 5-2 win in Sunday night's finale. Ben Zobrist, who finished a homer shy of the cycle, hit a leadoff triple during a three-run second inning and doubled in a run in the third.
The Rays now begin a seven-game stay at Tropicana, where they're 8-1 this season and have won five in a row. with four against the Mariners (11-12).
Tampa Bay has beaten the Mariners (11-12) in seven of eight home meetings and in four straight overall, including a three-game sweep at Tropicana from Aug. 19-21.
Hellickson (3-0, 2.84 ERA) is 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA ...