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Monday, September 2nd (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (75-60) at LA Angels of Anaheim (63-72), 9:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Chris Archer (8-5, 2.81) LA Angels - Garrett Richards (4-6, 4.16)

(Sports Network) - Chris Archer tries to get the Tampa Bay Rays right on Monday when they open a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.

Archer has been tremendous for the Rays, going 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA. He won his second straight start on Wednesday over the Angels, holding them to a run and five hits in seven innings. He also struck out five without walking a batter.

Over his last five road starts Archer is 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA.

Tampa could use another strong showing from the 24-year-old right-hander after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics that culminated with a 5-1 loss on Sunday.

"We didn't play enough offense," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "When you lose games like this, it will get picked over pretty well."

Tampa has now lost four in a row and seven of its last eight to fall 5 1/2 games off the pace of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Rays, though, still hold a three-game lead in the wild card.

Now the Rays face a Los Angeles team that took two of three from them last week and opens this series having won eight of its last nine following a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

On Sunday, J.B. Shuck's three-run double in a four-run seventh inning staked Los Angeles to a 5-3 victory. Kole Calhoun added a pair of hits and drove in the other two runs in the win.

C.J. Wilson (14-6) hung in long enough to snag the win, going six innings and giving up three runs -- two earned -- on three hits. Ernesto Frieri recorded the final five outs for his 30th save.

"He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson.

Heading to the hill for the Angels on Monday will be righty Garrett Richards, who is 4-6 with a 4.16 ERA. Richards lost to Tampa and Archer on Wednesday, as he allowed four runs and seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He had tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings to beat Seattle in his previous start.

Tampa was 9-1 against the Angels last season.

09/02 10:38:08 ET

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Tomorrow at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
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EDM
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
DET 109
PHI 103
Final
NOP 88
DAL 85
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
DAL
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
NYK
 
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MEM
MIA
 
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CHI
MIN
 
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HOU
SAN
 
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UTA
PHO
 
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LAL
SAC
 
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GSW
DEN
 
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LAC
POR
 
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
VT 6
MIAMI 30
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CIN
SFLA
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SALABAMA
TROY
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BSU
BYU
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CAL
OREG
Final
BOS 2
NYI 3
Final
DET 4
PIT 3
Final
MIN 2
ARI 0
Final
NAS 3
CHI 2
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STL 1
VAN 4
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
Final
LOS 2
BUF 0
Final
SJS 4
CLB 5
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NJD
DAL
 
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WIN
TAM
 
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COL
VAN
 
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EDM
CAR
 
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ANA
CLB
 
Final
DEN 35
SDC 21