When they last met the Texas Rangers in October, Jose Bautista capped the Toronto Blue Jays' comeback victory with the bat flip heard 'round North America.

The Rangers were clearly angered by that celebration to the shot that cost them the AL division series and it remains to be seen whether they'll seek retribution.

All eyes figure to be on Bautista's first at-bat Monday night when Texas tries to deal Toronto its longest home slide in two years in the opener of a four-game series.

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Bautista provided the most memorable moment of last year's playoffs when he turned around a 97-mph heater from Sam Dyson in the seventh inning for a tie-breaking three-run homer in the Blue Jays' 6-3 win in the decisive Game 5.

Bautista stood at home plate to admire his drive, enthusiastically flipping his bat high in the air. Fans proceeded to litter the field after Dyson took exception and walked over to confront the Blue Jays, leading to both dugouts and bullpens to empty.

''It's tough to see,'' said pitcher Cole Hamels at the time, also disappointed by Bautista's celebration, ''a lot of us on our team don't carry ourselves that way.''

It should be interesting to see how A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.52 ERA) handles things after he spent the entire 2015 season with Oakland while recovering from elbow surgery.

The right-hander hopes to build on his best outing Tuesday when he allowed one run and four hits over eight innings in a 10-1 home win over the New York Yankees.

Griffin has gone 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts versus Toronto, but hasn't faced them since 2013. Edwin Encarnacion is 2 for 9 with a home run off him and Bautista is hitless in five at-bats.

"They like playing in their ballpark," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We'll have to play good baseball and pitch it well."

Toronto hopes to avoid its first four-game home skid since April 2014 after taking two of three at Tampa Bay. Josh Donaldson hit his AL-leading ninth homer and Troy Tulowitzki's three-run blast keyed a four-run ninth inning in Sunday's 5-1 win.

"It's nice to come through for the team in a big spot," Tulowitzki, who is hitting .172, told the league's official website. "I feel good out there. Obviously things aren't going my way, but it's a long season and I'll just keep on grinding away."

The Rangers had their four-game winning streak snapped in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that capped a 4-2 homestand. Rougned Odor finished with three hits, while Adrian Beltre, Ian Desmond and Delino DeShields had two apiece.

Odor, who has six hits over his last two games, is 13 for 27 with two home runs and four doubles in nine regular-season meetings with the Blue Jays (12-14).

R.A. Dickey, who spent his first five seasons with the Rangers (14-11), hopes to move past his recent struggles at Rogers Centre. He's allowed 13 runs and 16 hits - including two homers - over 11 innings while losing two home starts.

Dickey (1-3, 6.75) is 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in eight games versus Texas, including playoffs. He gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings in an 8-4 win in Game 4.

Odor is 2 for 3 with a triple off him, but Elvis Andrus is hitless in nine at-bats.

The Rangers dropped four of the six regular-season meetings last year.