The road may have smiled upon the Tampa Bay Rays in their last two cross-country swings with 14 wins in 19 outings. But the going looks potentially treacherous this week as they venture into the Lone Star State.
Thats because the Rays slipped on the way out the door over the weekend.
After a rejuvenating run of 14 wins in 17 games, they dropped two straight to Wild Card rival Oakland at Tropicana Field. The timely hitting that had materialized in droves during an 8-2 showing in their recent road swing and continued for four games at home disappeared in losses of 5-4 and 4-2 to the As.
And now the Rays need to find the offensive groove in a hurry against the AL West leaders, the Texas Rangers (75-52).
The good news for Tampa Bay as they open a three-game series Monday night in Arlington is that the first-place New York Yankees are still well within reach in the AL East. The Rays had pulled to within 2.5 games on Friday night and still only trail the Yankees by four, while holdin...