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Hendrickson faces Batista in opener

Back home, Rays ready to face D-Backs

Before Sunday's finale in Philadelphia, manager Joe Maddon didn't know which he was looking forward to more: Monday's off-day or returning home again.

The Rays return from a 10-day, 10-game road trip to face the Diamondbacks in a three-game series starting on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay went 5-5 in its three-city trip that included stops in Kansas City, Detroit and Philadelphia. The Rays have now played 41 of their 70 games away from Tropicana Field.

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"We have been the road warriors this year," Maddon said. "It seems like we've played hardly any home games to this point."

When they do take the field again at the Trop, it will be for a matchup of the two youngest franchises in baseball.

While both teams joined their respective leagues in 1998, they did not meet until 2004, when the Rays completed a three-game sweep at Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field) in Phoenix. Arizona has never traveled to Tampa Bay.

Taking the mound for the Rays will be Mark Hendrickson, who is an unlucky 3-7 with a 3.62 ERA. The 6-foot-10 lefty has not won a game since May 18, and has a 6.31 ERA at home.

Hendrickson will be opposed by D-Backs righty Miguel Batista, who has alternated between bad and good months. Batista put together a 6.33 ERA in April, followed that with a 2.66 mark in May and is 1-2 with a 6.88 ERA in three June starts.

Pitching matchup
ARI: RHP Miguel Batista (6-4, 4.68 ERA)
He allowed 10 hits, two walks and two wild pitches in a loss in his last start.

TB: LHP Mark Hendrickson (3-7, 3.62 ERA)
He pitched nine innings without allowing a run in his last start -- a no-decision in Detroit.

Player to watch
Jorge Cantu has three hits in four career at-bats against Batista.

Interleague by the numbers:
All-time Record vs. Arizona: 3-0
All-time club Interleague records: 62-87, 14-10 vs. National League West. Thursday's starter, Scott Kazmir, is 2-0 with 20 strikeouts in two Interleague starts this season.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• PAX

On radio
• WHNZ 1250, WMCG 820 (Espanol)

Up next
• Wednesday: Diamondbacks (RHP Brandon Webb, 8-2, 2.37) at Devil Rays (RHP James Shields, 3-0, 3.13), 7:15 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Diamondbacks (TBA) at Devil Rays (LHP Scott Kazmir, 8-4, 3.39), 1:15 p.m. ET
• Friday: Braves (TBA) at Devil Rays (TBA), 7:15 p.m. ET

Zachary Levine is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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