Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

For starters: Rays at Royals, with Banda making Tampa Bay debut

UPDATE, 6:45: Cash said RHP Nathan Eovaldi had no issues with the right side soreness during a bullpen session at the Trop, and will make a rehab start on Friday for Triple-A Durham, thus only three days later than planned. Whether he returns to the Rays after that or makes a fourth start is not determined. … Rain that moved through the Kauffman Stadium led the grounds crew to put the tarp on and cancel the Rays batting practice though the Royals got to hit. … Caught up briefly with two former Rays pitchers now with the Royals, RHP Nate Karns (on the DL) and RHP Burch Smith who is a Rule 5 pick and working in their bullpen. … MLB released the official draft order and the Rays have three of the first 32 picks and six in the first 92.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are excited to see what LHP Anthony Banda can do tonight when he makes his first start for them since his spring acquisition from Arizona in the Steven Souza Jr. trade.

Banda, the most advanced of the four prospects acquired in the three-team deal with the D-backs and  Yankees, was 4-2, 3.50 in seven starts at Triple-A Durham.

He was called up Saturday to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader in Baltimore but didn't pitch. He worked in eight big-league games for the D-backs last year, including a relief outing here at Kauffman Stadium, in posting a 2-3, 5.96 mark.

The Royals are starting veteran RHP Ian Kennedy, who is coming off a rough outing in Baltimore and has beaten the Rays only once in nine starts, way back in his MLB debut on Sept. 1, 2007.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Span lf
Cron dh
Wendle 2b
Duffy 3b
Miller 1b
Hechavarria ss
Smith cf
Gomez rf
Sucre c
Banda p

And here is the Royals lineup:
Merrifield dh
Jay rf
Perez c
Moustakas 3b
Escobar ss
Gordon lf
Dozier 1b
Almonte cf
Goins 2b
Kennedy p

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