Royals Vs. Rays Game Preview: Streaking Rays Welcome Royals

ST PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 04: Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Tropicana Field on August 4, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

After a franchise record setting four-game sweep of the Angels, the Rays return to Tampa Bay to welcome the Royals.

Fresh from a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Tampa Bay Rays welcome the Kansas City Royals for the first of three on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Topicana Field.

After being victimized by Felix Hernandez's perfect game, the Rays poured 37 runs onto the Angels over the course of four games, a franchise record. The Rays completed the sweep Sunday with an 8-3 victory, topping Zack Greinke in an afternoon game, overcoming homers from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson to the mound to take on the Royals on Monday, who are coming off of a three-game sweep of their own over the Chicago White Sox.

In a late-June, three-game set between the two teams, the Royals swept the Rays, holding Tampa Bay to just six runs over the course of the series, and piling on 21 of their own.

The Rays come into the game trailing the Yankees by five games in the AL East.

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