For starters: Rays at Royals, in a funk
UPDATE, 6:51: The issue with Pearce is tendinitis, something he has been getting daily treatment for and expects to be able to play through all season. ... Cash said improving the defense is vital, and that it is on the players as well as the coaches and him to keep making it a focus. .. 2B Logan Forsythe (fractured left shoulder) took swings off tee again today at Trop, also took ground balls and turned double plays. He is eyeing a mid-June return. ... RHPs Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley (TJ surgery) threw 35-pitch bullpens today at Trop, mixed in breaking balls for the first time.
UPDATE, 4:49: Pearce is indeed in the Rays lineup, back at 2B. ... The Royals have won 13 of the last 14 against the Rays in KC, outscoring them 99-41. ...
Here is the Rays lineup:
DEVELOPING: After losing Monday for the eighth time in 10 games, the Rays will try again against the Royals tonight at 8:15.
LHP Drew Smyly, who gave up a pair of two-run homers to the Marlins in his last start, will be on the mound for the Rays. RHP Dillon Gee, a former Met who has never faced the Rays, starts for KC.
One question for the Rays today is the availability of INF Steve Pearce, who left last night's game due to an issue with his right elbow that he said has been ongoing. He said after the game he expected to play today.
The Rays made the decision on Monday to cancel batting practice for today, and pushed back the time of the their buses. No lineup has been posted yet.
Here is the Royals lineup: