ST. PETERSBURG - This is one day off the Tampa Bay Rays have earned the right to savor.
Following their 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday at Tropicana Field, they can kick back Monday on the heels of their fourth victory in the past five games and second consecutive series win.
If two out of three ain't bad, then that must mean the Rays are pretty good.
They quietly took two of three in Toronto last week and repeated the feat at the Trop over the weekend against the Twins, each time after losing the series opener. That performance keyed Sunday by a club-record four sacrifice flies lifted them to a record of 9-7 in the crowded AL East and keeps the momentum rolling for the next opponent, the struggling Los Angeles Angels.
But before they start their three-game home set Tuesday night, the Rays can catch their breath after a grueling 10-game road trip that spilled right into the Twins series without a break. They better enjoy the brief respite Monday it will be the...