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Rays reliever Romo may start again vs. Angels

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Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels

  1. After starting their road trip by dropping three of four, the Rays came back strong to sweep the Royals in three games. Tampa Bay has been involved in seven series sweeps (3-4) this season, one behind the White Sox with eight (1-7) for most in MLB.
  2. The Angels are now 11-14 (.440) at home after dropping two of three against Houston. The .338 difference in winning percentage between their road record 14-4 (.778) and home record is the largest in baseball among teams whose road record is better.
  3. Chris Archer will be the fourth consecutive former All-Star that the Angels will face. In seven career starts against the Angels, Archer is 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Archer set his career high in strikeouts with 15 against Los Angeles on June 2, 2015.
  4. Tyler Skaggs is 1-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his last four starts having gone at least five innings and allowing two or fewer earned runs in each game. Skaggs is striking out 25.0 percent of the batters he faces this year, a career best.
  5. C.J. Cron, a first-round pick of the Angels in 2011, is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak in which he is batting .395 (15-for-38) with three home runs, six RBI, and eight runs scored. Cron is averaging a home run every 15.90 at-bats this season after setting a career-best mark of 21.19 AB/HR last season with Los Angeles.
  6. Justin Upton is batting .306 (19-for-62) with seven home runs and an MLB-leading 21 RBI in 15 games so far in May. Upton has driven in 161 runs in the month of May over his career, his most in any month.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/17/2018 thru 5/20/2018

The Tampa Bay Rays had so much success using career relief pitcher Sergio Romo as a starter Saturday night against the Los Angeles Angels that they plan to start him again Sunday afternoon in the series finale.

Romo struck out the side in the first inning on Saturday at Angel Stadium, his first start after 588 relief appearances. He then gave way to rookie left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who held the Angels to one run and four hits in the next 6 1/3 innings of the 5-3 win, the sixth consecutive victory for the Rays.

Tampa Bay (22-22) is back to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.

Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson will look to maintain his hot bat against the Angels (25-21). Born and raised about 30 miles east of Anaheim, Robertson hit his first career grand slam in the win on Saturday night.

"I'm still dreaming, to be honest," he told Fox Sports Sun. "Just to do it on this stage in front of a couple hundred friends and family, and to help our team get a chance to win, is still a dream."

Heading into Sunday, Robertson is 5-for-11 in the first three games of the series with two home runs, six RBIs and five runs.

Robertson was a supplemental first-round draft pick of the Oakland A's out of Upland High School in 2012. He was traded to Tampa Bay in 2015 and made his major league debut on Opening Day 2017. He was sent down to Triple-A three weeks before the Rays played their only series in Anaheim last season.

Cron, who spent the past four seasons with the Angels before he was traded in February for a player to be named, homered in the opener on Thursday night, a 7-1 win by the Rays, but has been kept mostly silent in the series. He's 3-for-13 with seven strikeouts.

Angels rookie left-hander Shohei Ohtani (3-1, 3.58) will try to end a five-game losing streak for Los Angeles. His two best starts of the season have been on a Sunday day game at Angel Stadium.

One of those came this past Sunday, when he held the visiting Minnesota Twins to one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out 11 in the 2-1 win.

Ohtani lowered his ERA to 2.19 in two starts in May after compiling a 4.43 mark in four starts in April.

In Ohtani's latest outing, he surpassed 100 pitches for the first time this year (103), but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he'll continue to err on the side of caution with Ohtani's pitch count.

"We're trying to stage him up a little bit," Scioscia told reporters after the win over Minnesota. "I don't think we need to stretch Shohei right now."

The Angels averaged seven runs per game while going 7-2 to start the month, but they haven't scored more than three runs in eight straight games.

Keeping the Rays close early on should help.

They fell behind 7-0 before scoring their only run in the ninth inning on Thursday, fell behind 6-0 before scoring in the fifth of an 8-3 loss on Friday and went down 5-0 before scoring a run in the eighth and two in the ninth of a 5-3 loss on Saturday.

"We will turn it around," Scioscia told reporters after the loss on Saturday night. "These guys are too good."

Updated May 20, 2018

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