"It's always great to be home," manager Joe Maddon said. "We had been a better West Coast team in the last couple years. We're not comfortable out there. It happens. Those two trips have hurt us a little bit, but we're home. We've played pretty well in this building."
After going 0-5 on a West Coast trip in August, the Rays rebounded by winning five of their next nine home games.
"It's always good to be home," third baseman Evan Longoria said. "I anticipate our fans will be out in full effect today. I think they're just as excited as we are to be home and in the middle of things in the middle of September. This is the time of year you want to be playing meaningful games. It will be a good experience for all of us."
Tampa Bay is 44-26 at home compared to 34-38 on the road. The Rays' home record (295-108) since 2008 is the second-best mark in Major League Baseball.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.