June 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (53) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Rays Vs. Tigers: Tampa Bay Aims For Win And Series Split On Sunday

Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73 ERA) will be on the mound for Tampa Bay, coming off an absolutely horrific outing in his last start. Cobb allowed eight runs and 13 hits over eight innings in an 8-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

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Tigers Vs. Rays Final Score: Detroit Picks Up Series Win With 5-3 Victory

The Tampa Bay Rays fell short of picking up a series split with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, as Detroit used strong rallies in the middle innings to win 5-3.

The Rays got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first when B.J. Upton hit a sac fly that scored Desmond Jennings, however the Tigers would answer with a run in the fourth and a pair in the fifth. The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Hideki Matsui and an RBI double by Jose Molina.

The Tigers would then take the lead for good in the top of the sixth when Austin Jackson and Prince Fielder each hit RBI singles to take control of the game.

Rays starter Alex Cobb fell to 3-5 after going 5.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks. Tigers starter Drew Smyly got the win after going five innings and allowing three runs.

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Tigers Vs. Rays: Tampa Bay Aims For Win And Series Split On Sunday

The Tampa Bays Rays (41-37) fell 6-2 to the Detroit Tigers (38-40) on Saturday, the team's 12th loss in the past 18 games. With the defeat, Tampa Bay fell 6 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees. Detroit has won two of the first three games in the series, and the Tigers will be looking for their first series win over an American League team since May 27.

Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73 ERA) will be on the mound for Tampa Bay, coming off an absolutely horrific outing in his last start. Cobb allowed eight runs and 13 hits over eight innings in an 8-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

Drew Smyly (2-3, 4.48 ERA) gets the ball for Detroit. Smyly has allowed at least four runs in six of his last seven starts. The rookie left-hander made his major league debut against the Rays on April 12, surrendering one run in four innings of work.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. EST at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

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Rays Vs. Tigers Final:Tampa Bay Makes Late Push But Falls 6-2

The losing skid continues for the Tampa Bay Rays. Facing the Detroit Tigers in a primetime, FOX telecast, the Rays stumbled once again, surrendering 11 hits in a 6-2 defeat, the team's fifth loss in the last six contests and falling another game back of the New York Yankees in the A.L. East standings.

Tampa Bay, though, did make a late rally. Trailing 4-0 while heading into the bottom half of the eighth, Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Pena launched solo home runs, respectively, to narrow the deficit to just two runs. But in the top of the ninth inning. the Tigers would punch in two runs off reliever Burke Badenhop to, largely, put the game out of reach.

Rays' starter, Jeremy Hellickson, who left in the bottom of the third because of a bruised right shin following a line drive from Prince Fielder, was charged with the loss.

The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1:40 p.m. EST.

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Rays Vs. Tigers Score Update: Detroit Leads 1-0 After Three Innings

After three innings at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays trail the visiting Detroit Tigers by a score of 1-0.

Perhaps, most notably though, for the second day in a row, a Tampa Bay starting pitcher has left the game with an injury. With two outs in the top of the third, starter Jeremy Hellickson was hit by a Prince Fielder live drive just above his right shin, allowing Austin Jackson to score, the only run of the game thus far. Following the play, the right-hander made a few soft practice tosses and asked to remain in the game, but manager Joe Maddson opted, instead, to go with reliever J.P. Howell.

It was Hellickson's first start since going on the DL with shoulder fatigue earlier this month.

Collectively, the Rays have just one hit -- a single from shortstop Elliot Johnson.

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Tigers Vs. Rays: Tampa Bay Eyes Consecutive Home Victories For First Time In Month

The Tampa Bays Rays (41-36) snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday night, and now will look to win two straight home games for the first time in a month when they host the Detroit Tigers (37-40) on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45 ERA)will be on the mound for the Rays, fresh off a stint on the disabled list for shoulder inflammation. In his career, Hellickson is just 1-2 against Detroit despite a stellar 1.77 ERA in three starts.

Rick Porcello (5-5, 4.71 ERA) will take the hill for Jim Leyland. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three career starts against Tampa Bay.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. EST at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

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Tigers Vs. Rays Recap: Tampa Snaps Losing Streak With 4-2 Win Against Justin Verlander

The Tampa Bay Rays snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday night, defeating the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander 4-2 at Tropicana Field. The Rays scored all four runs off the reigning Cy Young, with most of the damage coming via the long ball. While the Rays managed only six hits off Verlander, they made sure to make them count.

Luke Scott opened the scoring early, plating a run in the first inning on a groundout that scored Carlos Pena. After that, it was three solo shots that carried the Rays to victory. Desmond Jennings ripped one to left off Verlander in the third and Ben Zobrist then took him to right an inning later. Jennings crushed his second homer of the night in his next at-bat in the bottom of the fifth, clearing the left-field fence yet again.

With an early three-run cushion against the dominant Verlander, David Price came through to snap the losing streak with an impressive performance against the touted Tigers lineup. Price struck out seven Detroit hitters and allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings.

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Rays Vs. Tigers Game 2 Lineup: David Price Faces Off Against Justin Verlander

Tampa Bay Rays are sending out David Price to pitch and he will be going up against the 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander in the second game of the series against the Detroit Tigers. Price is 10-4 on the year and is looking for his fourth straight victory, and Verlander is having another good season with an 8-4 record and an ERA of 2.52.

The Rays are making only minor changes in their lineup with Jose Molina back catching after getting the night off, and then Will Rhymes is in the lineup at second base and batting ninth.

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Carlos Pena 1B
3. B.J. Upton CF
4. Luke Scott DH
5. Ben Zobrist RF
6. Brooks Conrad 3B
7. Jose Molina C
8. Elliot Johnson SS
9. Will Rhymes 2B
David Price P

Tigers lineup:
1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Ramon Santiago 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Delmon Young DH
6. Ryan Raburn RF
7. Jhonny Peralta SS
8. Gerald Laird C
9. Quintin Berry LF
Justin Verlander P

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Tigers Vs. Rays: Marquee Pitching Matchup In Game Two

With a 5-2 loss on Thursday, the Rays lost a fourth consecutive game and lost another game on the AL East-leading New York Yankees in the AL East standings. In the four losses, the Rays have allowed a combined 26 runs. None of those games, though, featured David Price, the winningest pitcher in the American League.

Price won back to back starts to become the first pitcher in the AL to reach 10 wins before being tied atop the leaderboards. In his most recent start he pitched seven innings against the Phillies allowing only four hits and a single run when he gave up a solo home run to Jimmy Rollins. However, to earn his 11th victory, Price will have to best the reigning AL Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander.

Verlander has won three straight starts including a complete game in his last start in which he allowed five hits and two earned runs en route to a 3-2 win for the Tigers.

The first pitch of Friday's game at Tropicana Field will be thrown at 7:10 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit and Sun Sports.

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Tigers Vs. Rays Recap: Tampa Drops 4th Straight

The Rays woes continued against the AL Central on Thursday night, as Tampa dropped their series opener against the Detroit Tigers. James Shields was not his sharpest, scattering 14 hits over 7.2 innings of work. He gave up four earned runs, which proved to be enough for the Tigers for a 5-2 win.

Miguel Cabrera had a big night for Detroit, going four for five on a night where he feasted on Rays pitchers. Cabrera capped the night with a 420-foot bomb to right field that added insurance in the top of the ninth.

The Rays offense, on the other hand, struggled to get much going against Tigers' starter Max Scherzer, who allowed just four hits in six innings. Elliot Johnson singled home Brooks Conrad in the bottom of the fifth to cut the Tigers lead to two. Conrad would rip a double in the seventh that eventually scored Jeff Keppinger after a Quintin Berry error in left.

But that was it for the Tampa offense, who could not match the 15 hits the Tigers piled up throughout the evening. Double-digit winner David Price will try to stop a four-game skid on Friday night, but unfortunately for Rays fans, he'll be opposed by Justin Verlander.

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Tigers Vs. Rays: Tampa Bay Looking To Recover From Road Sweep

The Rays will look to bounce back from a series sweep to the Royals when they host the Tigers for a four game series starting on Thursday.

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