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Rays: James Shields shares mark with Nolan Ryan

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 Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.28)

ROYALS: RH Yordano Ventura (6-7, 3.07)

On Cobb: Was hit by a line drive in his last start against the Royals (June 15, 2013) and missed 50 games with a concussion. Has won back-to-back starts. Is 1-2 with a 5.04 ERA in four starts against Kansas City.

On Ventura: Trying to become sixth rookie in Royals history with at least seven wins before the All-Star break. Is 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in six road starts. Threw six scoreless innings in his season debut against the Rays on April 8.

Key matchups

ROYALS VS. COBB

Raul Ibanez 3-for-11, 2 HRs

Eric Hosmer 4-for-12, HR

Billy Butler 2-for-11

RAYS VS. VENTURA

Desmond Jennings 0-for-2

Ben Zobrist 1-for-2

Evan Longoria 0-for-2

On deck

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 Hutchison (6-7, 3.86)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.18); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (7-4, 4.38)

Monday-Thursday: All-Star break

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Welcome back

According to Elias, Royals RHP James Shields, right, is one of only two AL pitchers to strike out at least 10 batters and not allow a run in his first start on the road against a former team. The other: Texas' Nolan Ryan in a shutout win at Anaheim in 1989.

Quote of the day

"There's no question he likes it. He's probably going to be a closer someday. I think he's definitely got it in his abilities, if that's what he wants to do."

Manager Joe Maddon on RHP Brad Boxberger handling high-pressure situations

Number of the day

806

Strikeouts for Rays pitchers. That's 30 more than any other team. Only the 2013 Tigers (857) and 2012 Brewers (808) had more strikeouts through their first 93 games.

Rays: James Shields shares mark with Nolan Ryan 07/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:35pm]
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