For starters: Rays at Royals, shorthanded and struggling
UPDATE, 7:04: Pearce will be evaluated daily as they would like to give him a couple days to try to calm down the tendinitis in his elbow, but he remains available and would be used in a big pinch-hit situation. .... Beckham will provide depth at the middle infield spots, and his presence will be helpful as the Rays play under NL rules next week at Arizona. .... Cash said the Rays hitters can learn from the way the Royals put the ball in play often and don't strike out as much. ... Cash praised rookie relievers Ryan Garton and Tyler Sturdevant for the way they came in and threw strikes.
DEVELOPING: After two rough games and additional injury issues, the Rays are looking to snap out of their latest skid tonight as they wrap up their three-game series in Kansas City with the Royals.
The Rays will be without closer RHP Brad Boxberger, who sustained a "left oblique injury" while making his injury-delayed season debut on Tuesday and was placed on the DL.
INF Tim Beckham was recalled, which provided needed depth as the Rays also will be without leading hitter Steve Pearce, who is not in the lineup after leaving the last two games early due to right elbow tendinitis that flared up.
RHP Chris Archer, coming off what looked to be his best start of the season, will be on the mound for the Rays, with LHP Danny Duffy starting for the Royals.
The Rays have lost nine of their last 11 games overall. They also have lost 14 of their last 15 games in Kansas City.
Here is the Rays lineup:
And here is the Royals lineup: