The right-hander looks to remain perfect against the Rays in Anaheim while trying to help the Angels avoid a fourth consecutive home loss to the AL East co-leaders Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay (77-48) moved into a first-place tie with New York by winning its third straight, 4-3 over Los Angeles on Monday. It was the Rays’ fifth one-run game in a row.
“That’s pretty interesting,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s much more fun to excruciatingly look at the scoreboard every night.”
Since losing six straight on the road to the Angels, the Rays have won three in a row in Anaheim this season. Three of the teams’ four 2010 meetings have been determined by one run.
Hitting .239 on the season, Upton went 1 for 14 in Oakland over the weekend but had two hits with two RBIs on Monday.
“The numbers aren’t what I would like but I just do what I can,” Upton said.
The center fielder is a lifetime .225 hitter against the Angels but has gone 7 for 18 versus Santana (13-8, 3.93 ERA), who leads Los Angeles in wins.
Santana has posted a 1.21 ERA in winning all three of his home starts against the Rays. He tossed a three-hitter in a 6-0 home victory in his last outing versus Tampa Bay on Aug. 11, 2009.
Santana has been outstanding of late, posting a 2.66 ERA in winning his last three starts. He allowed two runs over seven innings of a 7-2 win at Boston on Thursday.
The right-hander, who has not lost since June 27, was 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five outings prior to suffering a strained shoulder. Davis did not experience any discomfort after throwing 43 pitches during a simulated game Friday.
“I don’t anticipate any setbacks,” Maddon told the Rays’ official website.
Kendrick, 11 for 24 in his last six games, has batted .405 with 12 RBIs in 20 games against Tampa Bay.
“I’m seeing the ball well and having some good swings,” Kendrick told the Angels’ official website. “I just want to keep it going.”
Los Angeles is 12-22 versus the AL East.