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Sunday, July 6 (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (40-50) at Detroit Tigers (48-36), 8:00 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (7-7, 3.50) Detroit - Rick Porcello (11-4, 3.12)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays eye a series victory on Sunday when they close out their four-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

The Rays have played their best baseball of the season these past few weeks, winning nine of their last 11 games, including wins over Detroit on Friday (6-3) and Saturday (7-2) after an 8-1 setback in Thursday's series opener.

Chris Archer evened his record for the season (5-5) on Saturday. The right- hander allowed only two runs over 8 1/3 innings of work before giving way to Grant Balfour, who recorded the last two outs of the game by strikeout.

Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to help power the offense. Kevin Kiermaier also helped the cause, going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI out of the nine hole.

Anibal Sanchez was unable to match Archer, putting together one of his worst starts of the season to fall to 5-3 on the campaign. Sanchez allowed a season- high seven runs over 5 2/3 innings, while letting up six hits and four walks.

Solo home runs from Alex Avila and J.D. Martinez accounted for the entire offensive output for the Tigers. Martinez is batting .467 with a home run and four RBI since the calendar turned over to July.

Getting the call for the Rays on Sunday will be David Price, who will be trying to win his third straight decision.

The ace left-hander has been in the middle of trade rumors of late and has certainly made himself look particularly attractive over his last few starts. On Tuesday against the Yankees Price allowed just one run on four hits over seven innings to improve to 7-7 on the season. The effort did end a streak of five straight games in which Price struck out 10 or more batters, but he still has 153 punchouts in 131 innings this season to go along with a 3.50 ERA.

Price has great career numbers against Detroit. He is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in seven total appearances, five of which were starts, spanning 36 1/3 innings of work.

Rick Porcello will be attempting to match the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the most wins in baseball on Sunday.

Porcello is currently 11-4 with a 3.12 ERA this season, putting him on pace to smash his career-bests in both wins and ERA. He is also on pace to set career- bests in WHIP (1.124), hits per nine innings (8.1), despite striking out only 5.2 batters per nine innings.

His sparkling ERA has been dropping quickly, as Porcello carries a streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings into this contest. He threw complete game shutouts in each of his last two starts against Texas and Oakland and has won three straight decisions. In the win over Oakland, Porcello did not record a single strikeout and only threw 95 pitches.

In his career Porcello is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay.

The Tigers and Rays split six meetings a season ago.

07/06 10:22:28 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
 
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
 
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
 
4th
CLE 76
BRK 73
 
4th
BOS 100
MIN 92
 
4th
DET 75
TOR 91
 
4th
MIA 81
WAS 78
 
3rd
MEM 47
CHI 57
 
3rd
SAN 51
POR 51
 
1st
DEN 23
LAC 12
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
 
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
 
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
2nd
FLGC 76
FUR 69
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
2nd
MTST 48
CHAT 38
 
2nd
NDAK 55
DICKINSON 27
 
2nd
LAMON 60
LSUALEX 47
 
2nd
PRIN 60
LIP 44
 
2nd
LAM 62
MLGN 37
 
2nd
MINN 59
SEAT 37
 
2nd
LOYC 54
SUTAH 37
 
2nd
SELA 63
WINT 55
 
2nd
SILL 39
NO 40
 
1st
MARQ 21
ALAAM 10
 
1st
TTU 11
ARKPB 7
 
1st
DEN 27
COLST 21
 
1st
CREI 21
TXPA 9
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
3rd
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 4
ANA 1
 
3rd
DET 1
NYI 2
 
2nd
WIN 1
BOS 1
 
1st
CAL 0
DAL 0