If sweeping the Yankees served as powerful opening remarks for the 2012 campaign, the Tampa Bay Rays now have the opportunity to make a real statement.
Theyll get that chance on a challenging 10-day, three-city road trip starting Tuesday in Detroit against the powerhouse Tigers.
After three afternoon contests at Comerica Park, the Rays head to Boston to visit the arch-rival Red Sox for four more day games then travel to Toronto to take on the often-explosive Blue Jays in three night showdowns.
Were about to learn a lot more about the team that started the season with an unexpected TKO of the highly touted Yankees.
Thats not to take anything away from the Rays achievement in beating New York 7-6, 8-6 and 3-0 before two jubilant Trop sellouts and the near-capacity crowd Sunday afternoon that witnessed Jeremy Hellicksons gem. But now comes a truly daunting test.
The good news for Tampa Bay is that its listless spring-training offense came alive over the opening weekend with a team...