Who will WIN this matchup?
Los Angeles Angels (35-36)
@ Tampa Bay Rays (42-28)
Canning (LAA): 2-2; 3.65 ERA
Stanek (TB) 0-1; 2.54 ERA
Last 10 Games Played:
Los Angeles Angels: 5-5
Tampa Bay Rays: 6-4
Los Angeles Angels: (+124)
Tampa Bay Rays: (-134)
• The Los Angeles Angels earned a victory without any help from their three best hitters Saturday and look to finish off a series victory just 24 hours later when they visit the Tampa Bay Rays for the finale of a four-game set. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were both 0-for-4 while Albert Pujols was rested Saturday, but the Angels received three homers and solid pitching en route to a 5-3 victory after splitting the first two games of the series. Justin Bour homered for the second straight game since being recalled from the minors and Kevan Smith (.299 batting average) along with David Fletcher (.307) each went deep among two hits for Los Angeles, which has won four of its past five contests. The Angels, who can reach .500 for the first time since April 15 with a win, go for a series triumph with rookie right-hander Griffin Canning on the mound and the Rays counter with reliever Ryne Stanek to start the contest before lefty Jalen Beeks gets the ball in the second or third inning.
• Tampa Bay has lost four of six on its current homestand, falling to an ordinary 19-18 at Tropicana Field, and managed to score in just one inning Saturday on a Yandy Diaz three-run homer. Diaz is 20-for-50 over his last 12 contests and knocked in six runs the past four for the Rays while teammate Tommy Pham had two more hits Saturday and is 10-for-21 with five RBIs during a five-game hitting streak.
• Canning held the Los Angeles Dodgers to three runs on five hits with five strikeouts over six innings Monday, but his winless streak grew to four games. The 23-year-old California native posted three quality starts in his last five trips to the mound after opening his career by allowing nine runs across 14 1/3 innings during the first three. Canning, who is limiting left-handed hitters to a .152 batting average, is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three road starts this year.
• Stanek has been solid in the “opener” role for the Rays, registering a 1.78 ERA in 19 starts with 35 strikeouts over 30 1/3 innings and a 0.96 WHIP. The 27-year-old Kansas native has permitted two runs over five innings in six career appearances against the Angels and served up a homer to Trout. Beeks is likely to follow Stanek on the mound and the lefty is 5-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 relief appearances after giving up one run across 8 1/3 innings in his last two.
• The Rays recalled RHP Jake Faria, who allowed one run in two innings Saturday, and optioned INF David Robertson to Triple-A Durham.
• The Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment before Saturday’s game and recalled fellow RHP Taylor Cole from Triple-A Salt Lake.
• Tampa Bay RF-DH Avisail Garcia has hit safely in seven straight games, going 9-for-29 during that stretch.
•Angels @ Yankees•
•Rangers @ Astros•
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