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Wil Myers, the former prized prospect makes a return to Kansas City after being acquired in the blockbuster offseason trade involving RHP James Shields.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Wil Myers, the former prized prospect makes a return to Kansas City after being acquired in the blockbuster offseason trade involving RHP James Shields.

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Update 1:10 p.m. Wil Myers admitted this feels a little different than any other game, playing in Kansas City for the first time since the blockbuster offseason trade.

Myers, the former Royals prized prospect, said there's no extra motivation or emotions, because he's happy with the Rays. He doesn't know what kind of reception he'll receive from fans; he got a large ovation here during the Futures Game, but as Myers said, "I was a Royal then."

In a press conference with the local media this morning, Myers looked back on the trade, his season, his memories in the Royals organization. He also confirmed a story about during a 2009 pre-draft workout, Myers asked if the Kauffman fountains would be put on so he could hit a ball in there. How about today? "That'd be cool," he said, smiling.

*CF David DeJesus, a former long-time Royal, said it was great to come back, saying Kauffman may be his favorite stadium in the majors. He likes that the Rays are batting him leadoff against righties, having spent a lot of his career in the top spot.

*Maddon said with the awkward schedule, a one-game road trip, his biggest concern is fatigue, so that's why they didn't have a scheduled batting practice today, and won't the next three home games as they go back to "American Legion" style.

Maddon felt today was a good day to give CF Desmond Jennings off, especially with DeJesus in the fold, and Longoria a day as DH.

*Maddon said they're still looking at weather reports to determine where LHP Matt Moore will make his minor league rehab start Thursday.

*Happy birthday to LHP David Price, who turns 28 today. Maddon, on what he'd guess the always youthful Price will be doing on his birthday? "There's no telling."

Update 1:07 p.m.  The Rays lineup includes former Royals prized prospect Wil Myers in rightfield, and Evan Longoria at DH.

Rays lineup
DeJesus cf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria dh
Joyce lf
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Lobaton c
Johnson 3b
Escobar ss
Hellickson rhp

Royals lineup
Gordon lf
Bonifacio 2b
Hosmer 1b
Butler dh
Moustakas 3b
Perez c
Maxwell rf
Escobar ss
Dyson cf
Guthrie rhp

Developing: The Rays packed light for today's one-game trip to Kansas City, where they will play a make-up game in a 2 p.m. matinee, which won't be televised locally.

(You can still listen on the radio at 620-AM or follow me on Twitter @TBTimes_JSmith.)

The conditions couldn't be more different than the early-May snowstorm that cancelled the previous meeting. It's 85 degrees and sunny here now, with a good forecast the rest of the day.

The big story is the return of Wil Myers to Kansas City, as the former Royals prized prospect is thriving with the Rays after being acquired in the blockbuster offseason trade involving RHP James Shields. Myers will meet with the media around 11 a.m. local time here.

Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson will also have a homecoming of sorts, as many friends and family were scheduled to make the drive from his native Iowa to watch him pitch. Hellickson has struggled recently, failing to complete five innings in four of his last five starts. But Hellickson has been good in his six-day game starts this year (4-0 with a 2.43 ERA).

The Rays, having won eight of their last 11, fell behind the Red Sox in first place in the AL East after yesterday's loss. The Royals just snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Nationals yesterday.

Lineups, and more, to come.



[Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 1:18pm]

    

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