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.
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.
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
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
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
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.