Apr 29, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Ben Zobrist (18) is ruled safe as Texas Rangers second baseman In Kinsler (5) applies the late tag during the 8th inning at Rangers Ballpark. The Rays beat the Rangers 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Tampa begins a huge three-game series with the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs the last two seasons.
The Tampa Bay Rays have lost to the Texas Rangers in the ALDS in each of the last two years. On Monday, they open up a huge three-game series with the two-time defending AL champions that may end up being a preview of yet another playoff series in 2012.
Tampa is currently in first place in the AL wild card race a 70-57, but the Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland are all breathing down their necks at 69 wins.
That makes their series in Arlington with the AL-West leading Rangers all the more important, as Tampa can ill afford to drop many games in the standings at this point in the season.
The 8:05 PM game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Tampa-area fans can listen to the game on 620 AM.