Don't look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays have company an unwelcome visitor that has been trudging upstairs from the AL East cellar and suddenly has made itself right at home.
Their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox, have tied them for third place.
And if things don't improve in a hurry against the Detroit Tigers, who come to town for a four-game series starting Thursday night at 7:10, the Rays could tumble down another flight in the division and find land uncomfortably close to the last-place Toronto Blue Jays this weekend.
That's what getting swept in three by the lowly Kansas City Royals will do to you.
After two dismal outings against the Royals this week resulting in losses of 8-0 and 8-2 Tampa Bay enjoyed a glimmer of hope Wednesday afternoon in Kauffman Stadium. They battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score 4-all in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run triple by Ben Zobrist.
It was Zobrist's third hit of the day in four at-bats, resulting in his third RBI.