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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels Pick & Prediction MAY 11TH 2022

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Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani was honored with a slew of awards before Tuesday night's 12-0 victory against Tampa Bay at Anaheim, Calif.

It might have been better to hold the ceremony before the two teams wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday night.

That's because Ohtani (3-2, 3.08 ERA) will take the mound against a team he has dominated with his arm and bat. He has a tough act to follow after teammate Reid Detmers threw a no-hitter against the Rays on Tuesday.

Detmers walked one and struck out two in the first individual no-hitter in the majors this season.

Ohtani won the American League Most Valuable Player Award, the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, the Silver Slugger Award and the Edgar Martinez Award for last season.

He might be adding to his list of achievements Wednesday as he makes his sixth start of the season against Tampa Bay's Shane McClanahan (2-2, 3.06).

In two career starts against Tampa Bay, Ohtani has allowed only two runs in going 1-0. He has 16 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

Ohanti also has been stellar at the plate against the Rays. In 16 career games, he has a .417 batting average with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. Two of those home runs, including the first grand slam of his career, came Monday night.

Prior to that, Ohanti had been off to a relatively slow start. But Angels manager Joe Maddon said it was only a matter of time before Ohtani came around at the plate, including his ability to hit for power to the opposite field.

"He has looked better," Maddon said "The ball has gone to left-center. He was just getting beneath everything, but now the angle is better off the bat. Wow, if we can keep him right there for several months."

Add the fact that Ohanti is coming off one of the best pitching starts of his career -- 11 strikeouts against Boston on Thursday -- and a sweep by the Angels looks like a real possibility.

But McClanahan is the Rays' ace and their best option to slow the high-scoring Angels, who also have benefited from three home runs by Mike Trout in the last two games.

If history is any indicator, McClanahan might be able to do that and help the Rays salvage a 10-game West Coast swing that started with six straight wins but has been followed by three straight losses.

In two career starts against the Angels, McClanahan is 1-0, having gone 10 innings while allowing three runs and six hits while striking out 12.

But McClanahan will need help from an offense that suddenly has gone quiet.

"It definitely is a punch in the gut," Rays infielder Taylor Walls said of the no-hitter by Detmers. "It kind of takes a hit at your pride a little bit. But we're going to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow the same way we did this morning, same way we're going to do every day here on out. ... Tomorrow, nobody will really care."

The Rays were without one of their top offensive weapons on Tuesday. Outfielder Manuel Margot, who was named the American League's Player of the Week for last week, sat out with a hamstring injury, and it's unclear if he will be available Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels

Albert Pujols had a three-run homer and an RBI double to help the Los Angeles Angels end a six-game losing streak with a 6-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif.

Kevan Smith had three hits and Andrelton Simmons had two hits and scored twice for the Angels (68-82).

The Rays (89-62) had their lead over the Cleveland Indians for the second wild-card spot from the American League trimmed to 1 1/2 games, and they fell 1 1/2 games behind the Oakland A's for the first wild card.

Austin Meadows hit a three-run homer in the eighth for Tampa Bay to cut the lead to 6-4.

Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (11-4) hadn't lost since June 13 against the visiting Angels, going 6-0 in his past 15 outings with a 2.43 ERA.

Yarbrough allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two.

The Angels led 3-1 entering the fifth when David Fletcher walked to start the inning and Simmons followed with a single, setting the stage for the three-run homer by Pujols.

Angels rookie left-hander Patrick Sandoval allowed one run and two hits in four innings, not long enough to be eligible for his first major league win. He struck out four and walked one in his seventh start.

Noe Ramirez (5-3) pitched 1-2-3 fifth and sixth innings for Los Angeles. Hansel Robles recorded the final four outs for his 21st save.

Tommy Pham reached on an infield single to start the game. Avisail Garcia followed with a one-out single to put runners on the corners and set up a sacrifice fly by Jesus Aguilar for a 1-0 lead.

The Angels tied the score at 1-1 in their half of the first on the RBI double by Pujols.

Jared Walsh delivered another one-out RBI double in the second to make it 2-1, and Luis Rengifo and Fletcher followed with back-to-back singles for a 3-1 lead.

The Angels announced before the game that center fielder Mike Trout needs surgery on his right foot and would miss the rest of the season.

--Field Level Media

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