After only allowing one hit to the Blue Jays in his last start, it'll be up to Jeremy Hellickson to continue his momentum as the Rays try to take the series against Rick Porcello and the Tigers on Sunday afternoon after Saturday's 4-3 win in 10 innings.
With a win, Hellickson will tie the Rays' record for most wins in a month. Discounting his disastrous start against the Royals -- eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings -- he is 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA in June.
However, Miguel Cabrera stands in the way. He's batting .488 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 12 games against the Rays since the start of 2012.
"[Cabrera and Prince Fielder] can hit it out of the park," Hellickson said. "I don't think there are too many other guys with too many homers. They just have a complete lineup in general with speed at the top and good averages up and down it."
Porcello has struggled in his last two starts allowing 19 hits and 13 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings. He had four straight quality starts before running into his recent rough stretch.
"There's definitely some things to be had, some things to learn from," Porcello said after his last start. "The past few starts, I've been getting beat with fastballs up in the strike zone, so obviously there's a little something that's off. I took a look at it when I came out of the game, and there are some adjustments that I need to make."
The Tigers' right-hander has been better against the Rays than any other team he's faced more than three times in his career. In four career starts, Porcello has a 2.33 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 27 innings.
Rays: Roberts called up with Longoria hurt
With Evan Longoria hobbled with plantar fasciitis, the Rays called up infielder Ryan Roberts and optioned right-hander Alex Colome to Triple-A Durham.
Roberts is expected to split starts with Kelly Johnson at third base depending on pitching matchups while Longoria is out.
"I wasn't angry when I got sent down," Roberts said. "I wasn't bitter toward anybody. I knew I was going down there for a reason. I got at-bats. I played every day. I got to see a wide range of pitchers and pitches. I definitely think I came back a little better than I left."
• Right-hander Brandon Gomes had a setback in his recovery from a strained right lat prior to a Minor League rehab appearance.
Gomes was scheduled to throw his second rehab inning for Class A Charlotte but felt sore during warmups.
Before his injury, Gomes had a 5.40 ERA in 14 relief appearances while striking out 16 batters in 11 2/3 innings.
Tigers: Coke changes roles
With left-handed reliever Phil Coke struggling this season, manager Jim Leyland says he will probably use him in situations against left-handed hitters to help regain his confidence.
"He's got terrific equipment," Leyland said. "We have to figure out how to get the best out of that equipment. He comes in like a bull in a china shop and sometimes he pitches like one. We've got to get him to channel that enthusiasm and be a little more of a pitcher."
Coke has struggled this season with a 0-5 record and 6.56 ERA in 24 appearances. However, he's had success against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .222 batting average and .540 OPS vs. .319 and .900 against righties.
• When Fielder drilled a towering home run to the C-ring catwalk Friday at Tropicana Field, it sparked a debate on how far it would have ended up traveling if there were no barrier to knock it down.
"I would have like to have seen where it came down," Leyland said. "But unfortunately we didn't get a chance to see that. It's very rare when you hit the exact sweet spot on the bat. And Prince hit the sweet spot."
ESPN placed the distance at 389 feet, while the Rays' PR staff estimated it at 414.
• The Tigers have held the Rays to four runs or less in 17 consecutive games.
• Porcello has held current Rays hitters to a .188 batting average and .471 OPS in his career.
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.