Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 8/20/12
(AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays don't currently look like the team that was scuffling to score runs back in June when they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. The surging Rays put up some eye-popping offensive numbers against a fellow contender and will look for some revenge against the Royals on Monday night to start a three-game home set. Tampa Bay (67-54) holds the AL's top wild-card spot after winning 11 of 13, capped by a four-game road sweep of the Angels. The Rays homered nine times and scored 37 runs - a team record for a four-game set - against one of the teams pursuing them for a postseason spot. That kind of offense was largely absent when Tampa Bay produced six runs and batted .229 with 25 strikeouts while getting swept in three games June 25-27 at Kansas City (54-66). Evan Longoria wasn't with the Rays then, and he went 5 for 16 with a pair of two-run homers in the Angels series. Ben Zobrist was 5 for 12 with two solo homers and six runs scored and B.J. Upton went 7 fo...
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