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The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of baseball’s hottest teams for the past two weeks but have to continue to play well — and win — when they hit the road for the final time this season for seven-game trip that begins Monday against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-altuve-jersey , Texas.Tampa Bay will send right-hander Tyler Glasnow (1-6, 4.48 ERA) to the mound to begin the first game of the series and the Rangers will counter with right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-1, 5.06).The Rays have won 11 of their past 14 games, outscoring opponents 79-47 during that stretch, and are a season-high 16 games above .500. But all of that work have be for naught — and will especially be so if Tampa Bay doesn’t take care of business against Texas.Article continues below ...The Rays head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on the heels of taking two of three games from Oakland, which is in a battle with New York for the two American League wild-card spot, well clear of Tampa Bay and Seattle, the only other two teams still with a mathematical chance for the postseason.C.J. Cron and Willy Adames homered for the Rays and Brandon Lowe tripled home two runs in a 5-4 victory on Sunday to provide Tampa Bay a 5-0 lead Craig Biggio Jersey , which stood up despite the Athletics‘ four-run outburst in the ninth inning.Tampa Bay used eight relievers during its third straight “bullpen” day and they held Oakland to four hits, one of which was Khris Davis‘ grand slam in the ninth that made the ending a little more exciting.The Rangers head back to Arlington for their final homestand of the season after dropping the finale of a nine-game road trip 7-3 on Sunday at San Diego on Francisco Mejia’s walk-off grand slam off Jeffrey Springs. Texas entered the ninth leading 3-2 after sWillie Calhoun and Jurickson Profar hit solo home runs to back seven solid innings on the mound from Mike Minor.Sampson will make his second start as a Ranger in Monday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay after suffering a tough-luck loss in first start on Tuesday against the Angels, a 1-0 defeat in which Texas batters did not have a hit until the eighth inning.He became just the sixth starter in Texas history to suffer a loss when allowing one run and two or fewer hits in a qualifying start, and the first since C.J. Wilson on July 21, 2011, at Los Angeles.“As good as it was, I don’t think we’ve seen as good as he can,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said of Sampson’s performance in the loss to the Angels. “The shape of the pitch George Springer Jersey , the spin rate, the extension that we saw in the minor leagues all suggest there is still better. I think the second time he takes the ball he will be a little more relaxed.”Sampson made his Rangers debut in relief on Sept. 7 at Oakland. He had his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Sept. 4 after spending the entire season with the Express, going 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA.Glasnow, acquired at the trade deadline from Pittsburgh, is 0-4 with a 4.70 ERA in eight starts with the Rays but has received two runs or fewer of support in all of those outings, including four starts with no run support. He has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his eight starts since the trade.“(Wins) are not a very relevant stat,” Glasnow told MLB.com. “I mean, if I were 4-0 http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-gattis-jersey , I would say it’s very relevant, but I’m not going to change anything. Just go out and pitch well, and if I get a win then I get a win. and if I don’t, then I don’t.”Glasnow has never faced the Rangers and never pitched at Globe Life Park, where the heat and humidity can sap players’ strength.“There’s some pretty humid places I’ve pitched in this year, and I think once you’re out there, it’s not really a factor,” Glasnow said. “I like pitching in really hot places. You loosen up quicker Carlos Correa Jersey , and I’m pretty comfortable with it.” Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe Washington Nationals have told MLB teams star right fielder Bryce Harper is available ahead of Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Monday.MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported earlier in the day the Cleveland Indians had inquired about the Nationals' willingness to move the six-time All-Star.The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal followed up on Feinsand's report but threw some cold water on the rumors:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalSources confirm: #Nationals sending 鈥渇eelers鈥?out on Bryce Harper. 鈥淚鈥檇 be shocked if they do it,鈥?one rival exec says. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e seeing if someone wants to go crazy.鈥?First with the news that Harper was available: chelsea_janes and Feinsand.At the very least, Washington appears prepared to cash out ahead of the deadline rather than try to reinforce its roster in hopes of getting into the playoffs. At 52-53, the Nationals are six games back in the National League East and NL wild-card race.Granted, just because the Nationals are prepared to trade Harper doesn't mean the 2015 NL MVP will be on the move this summer.Harper is a free agent in the offseason, so potential suitors will naturally be hesitant to give up top prospects for a half-season rental, even for a player with Harper's pedigree.Harper's performance this year makes it even harder to gauge his value on the trade market.He's batting .220 with 25 home runs and 62 RBI in 103 games. He's also 48th among qualified players in weighted on-base average (.355) and 52nd in weighted runs created plus (121) Dallas Keuchel Jersey , per FanGraphs. The fact he's slugging .439 on the road compared to .512 at Nationals Park, according to Baseball Reference, is less than comforting as well.The 25-year-old would clearly be a difference-maker in the stretch run for a playoff contender, but his reputation arguably outweighs his on-field contributions.While Harper will be the most interesting story in baseball to follow Tuesday, fans should be prepared for an underwhelming conclusion when the deadline passes.


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