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Rays: Evan Longoria shows acting chops; Seminole Tribe medicine man

Rays vs. Royals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00)

ROYALS: LH Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32)

On Hellickson: Making his 2014 debut after having elbow surgery in January. Allowed 20 runs (15 earned) in six rehab starts. Was 0-2 in three starts against Kansas City last year.

On Vargas: Threw seven shutout innings against the Twins in his last start. Tied for major-league lead among lefties with 14 quality starts. Carried a shutout into the ninth against the Rays for his first win as a Royal in April.

Key matchups

Rays VS. VARGAS

Ben Zobrist 11-for-26, HR

Evan Longoria 6-for-20, HR

D. Jennings 3-for-17, HR

ROYALS VS. HELLICKSON

Billy Butler 9-for-14

Alex Gordon 7-for-14

Mike Moustakas 2-for-10

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.28); Royals — RH Yordano Ventura (6-7, 3.07)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-5, 3.16); Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.60)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 4:10. Rays — LH David Price (8-7, 3.48); Jays — RH Drew Hutchinson (6-7, 3.86)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (4-8, 4.10); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (7-4, 4.30)

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Special guest

Seminole Tribe of Florida medicine man Bobby Henry made his third trip to Tropicana Field on Monday. Here's how the Rays have fared before and after his June 9 visit:

Before

24-40 record

4.16 ERA

.243 batting average

After

17-11 record

3.18 ERA

.266 batting average

Best audition

3B Evan Longoria (above) showed his acting chops in a 1:25 video — a pseudo-audition for the 2004 romance movie, The Notebook. See for yourself on The Heater blog at tampabay.com/blogs/rays.

Quote of the day

"We just do a nice job at developing pitchers."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, after Kansas City's James Shields and Wade Davis combined to allow three hits with 12 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings against their former team

Rays: Evan Longoria shows acting chops; Seminole Tribe medicine man 07/07/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2014 11:23pm]
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