The Angels return to St. Petersburg for the second time this season to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The last time they were there they took both games of their 2-game series behind Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. That was a different Rays team the Angels faced earlier this month. Since the last time they met, the Rays (14-11) have gone 14-6 and have won five straight.
The Angels (14-11) on the other hand have dropped 5 of their last 7 during their recent home stand after winning 5 of 6 on their previous road trip.
Ervin Santana (0-3, 5.51 ERA) will get the start Friday. The right-hander, who lost his last start Saturday against Boston, is still looking for his first win of the season. In his career versus Tampa, Santana is 4-5 with a 5.56 ERA in 11 starts. He is just 1-4 at Tropicana Field.
Making his fifth start against Los Angeles is David Price (3-2, 3.19 ERA). In his previous 4 starts versus the Angels, Price has a 1-1 record with a 4.18 ERA. Price has won his last three starts.
Who's Hot - Last 7 Games:
Peter Bourjos - 8 for his last 20 (.400), 2 triples, double
Erick Aybar - 9 for his last 28 (.321), 2 SB
Johnny Damon - 10 for his last 26 (.385), 6 runs, 7 RBI
Kasey Kotchman - 5 for his last 14 (.357), 1 HR
B.J. Upton - 8 for his last 23 (.3.48), 5 RBI
Ben Zobrist - 11 for his last 27 (.407), 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 2 SB
Who's Cold - Last 7 Games:
Alberto Callaspo - 4 for his last 21 (.190)
Vernon Wells - 4 for his last 23 (.174)
Sam Fuld - 5 for his last 23 (.217)
Sean Rodriguez - 5 for his last 21 (.238)
Kelly Shoppach - 1 for his last 16 (.063), 6 K's
Game time is 4:10 (Pacific) and will be show in Fox Sports West. For more Angels news, be sure to check out Halo Heaven.