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07/31/05 9:19 PM ET

Rolling Rays kick off series in Texas

Tampa Bay (40-66) at Texas (53-51), 8:05 p.m. ET

After a successful homestand that saw them win eight of 10 games, the Devil Rays will play the first of a three-game series at Texas in an 8:05 p.m. ET contest on Tuesday at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

Right-hander Seth McClung will start for the Rays. McClung is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA on the road this season.

Right-hander Chris Young will start for the Rangers. Young is 5-4 with a 4.47 at home in 2005.

After finishing their three-game series against the Rangers, the Rays will finish out their 12-game road trip at Anaheim, Baltimore and Cleveland.

Pitching matchup
TB: RHP Seth McClung
• 1-6, 6.63 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 3.38 ERA vs. TEX in 2005

TEX: RHP Chris Young
• 8-6, 4.54 ERA in 2005
• Has not faced TB in 2005

Player to watch
Julio Lugo had 40 hits in July and hit safely in nine of the Rays' 10 games on their homestand.

"We like each other over here. Whatever happened, happened." -- Lugo, on the passing of Sunday's trade deadline without any activity by the Devil Rays

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• TB: 1250 WHNZ AM, 1400 AM (Español)
• TEX: KRLD 1080

Quick hits
The Rays left 14 runners on base on Sunday. ... Travis Lee's second-inning home run traveled 382 feet. ... Rays manager Lou Piniella passed Hall of Famer Clark Griffith for 18th place on the all-time list for managerial wins. ... Pete LaForest collected his first multi-hit game since his Major League debut on Sept. 2, 2003.

On deck
• Wednesday: at Texas, 8:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: at Texas, 8:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: at Anaheim, 10:05 p.m. ET

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.