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For starters: Rays at Royals, on a holiday night

UPDATE, 6:36: Cash said he would like to find a soft landing spot to get Boxberger involved but he will move back onto the closer's role, meaning Alex Colome, 12 for 12 in saves, will go back to 7th  or 8th inning work, and make the bullpen better overall. Colome said he has no issues with the decision, as he fully expected Boxberger to reclaim his job when healthy. Boxberger, for his part, said he is ready to go and willing to help in any role. ... Motter is at SS tonight to keep him involved, Cash said, though it's been obvious Miller's defense has been shaky recently. ... Cash said RHP Ryan Webb, put on the DL Sunday with a pec strain, is not expected to be out long. ... 2B Logan Forsythe hit off a tee for the first time today at the Trop as he eyes a mid-June return from his fractured left shoulder. ... LHP Jonny Venters continues to impress in instructional league play, hitting 93 mph today.  .. The Rays are wearing camo style caps and jerseys as part of MLB's Memorial Day tribute.

DEVELOPING: After Sunday's crushing defeat, the Rays open a 10-game road trip tonight in Kansas City when they take on the Royals at 8:15.

RHP Matt Andriese will be on the mound for the Rays, who lost on Sunday to the Yankees while giving up just one hit. The Royals are starting RHP Ian Kennedy.

The Rays lineup has a few surprises, with Taylor Motter starting at shortstop ahead of Brad Miller and Desmond Jennings in CF.

The Royals are coming off a wild weekend in which they came behind in late innings to beat the White Sox.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Guyer lf,
Motter ss,
Longoria 3b,
Pearce 2b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Dickerson dh,
Jennings cf,
Conger c,
Andriese p

ROYALS

Escobar ss,
Merrifield 2b,
Cain cf,
Hosmer 1b,
Morales dh,
Orlando rf,
Cuthbert 3b,
Dyson lf,
Butera c,
Kennedy p

[Last modified: Monday, May 30, 2016 6:40pm]

    

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