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LAA@TB: Archer throws seven innings of one-run ball

After going 8-1 on a 10-day road trip through Seattle, Tampa Bay and Milwaukee, the Angels return home to face the Rays for the second time in less than a week.

While the Angels are in all likelihood out of playoff contention, they'll try to play spoiler in a four-game series starting Monday as Tampa Bay fights for a spot in the postseason. The Rays hold a three-game lead over the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Right-hander Garrett Richards (4-6, 4.16 ERA) gets the nod for the Halos as he makes his second consecutive start against the Rays.

He struggled in his last start at Tropicana Field, allowing four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings for the loss. Throwing only 48 of his 84 pitches for strikes, Richards had trouble getting ahead in counts, throwing first-pitch strikes to only 10 of 26 hitters.

"That was an issue, obviously. Just throwing strikes period," Richards said. "I'm not going to take this as a step back or a negative; I'm just going to move forward with it."

Rookie right-hander Chris Archer will be on the hill for the Rays looking to stop the team's current four-game skid. The team has scored just five runs in that span.

"If we continue to pitch well and bring the hitting back up, we'll be fine," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It's just been a tough time scoring runs. We've seen some good pitching here [in Oakland], but we're better than that. We have to win these games."

Archer dominated the Angels his last time out, earning his eighth win of the season after allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings. He retired 20 of the 25 batters he faced, including 17 of 20 through the first six innings.

When the right-hander tosses six or more innings this season, the Rays are 10-1. Yet when he can't get to that mark, the Rays have just a 1-5 record.

Rays: Young back with team
• Delmon Young, who last played for the Rays on Sept. 30, 2007, returned to the Tampa Bay clubhouse Sunday morning.

"All the players here, we were in Minor League camp together," Young said. "As the years went on, we stayed in contact in passing."

Maddon said Young would see time as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter the rest of the regular season, just over two weeks since the Phillies released him.

"The day I got shipped out I began looking for ways to get back," Young said. "It's been a humbling experience, and it's great to be here."

Young pinch-hit for David DeJesus in the eighth inning Sunday, flying out to right field.

Angels: Hamilton out of lineup again
• Outfielder Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game on Sunday against the Brewers. However, he did pinch-hit in the seventh inning and was intentionally walked.

Hamilton said his left shoulder was feeling a lot better and that his migraines had mostly subsided. He'll likely return to the starting lineup for the start of a seven-game homestand.

Hamilton had been nursing the sore shoulder since the end of last week, which is why he was slotted as the designated hitter for three games against the Rays last week.

Worth noting
• With rosters expanding on Sunday, the Angels called up only one player: reliever Ryan Brasier.

• Since 2010, the Rays have a 51-36 record after Sept. 1, which is second-best in the AL over that span. The team trails only the Tigers with a 54-33 record. Comments