Rays vs. Royals
When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $14-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Promotions: Jeremy Hellickson headphones for kids 14 and under, post-game concert by Imagination Movers, Rays jersey apron with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem, surcharge.
Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-6, 4.91)
ROYALS: RH Wade Davis (3-5, 5.37)
On Hernandez: Coming off impressive outing in beating Boston, though also a career-high 122 pitches. Is 3-2, 4.40 at home; 1-4, 5.82 on road. Is 6-5, 4.80 in 18 career games vs. Royals.
On Davis: Ex-Ray returns to Trop coming off back-to-back quality starts, most recently Tuesday at Detroit. Is winless in five starts since May 15, going 0-2, 4.50. Was 15-12, 3.44 at the Trop.
Rays VS. DAVIS
Yunel Escobar 8-for-21
Kelly Johnson 2-for-8
Luke Scott 5-for-22
ROYALS VS. HERNANDEZ
Billy Butler 10-for-35
Alex Gordon 15-for-31, HR
Miguel Tejada 2-for-12, HR
Tuesday: at Red Sox, 1:05 and 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00) and RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.67) or RH Chris Archer (1-2, 4.80); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubrount (4-3, 4.91) and TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Sign of the times
OF Matt Joyce, an Armwood High grad, invited the Hawks baseball team to the game, put on a show with a homer, then invited them down on the field for photos and autographs, though some obviously didn't come prepared. "I signed some iPhone 5s," Joyce said. "I felt pretty special, pretty important."
Numbers of the day
0 Times Rays batter struck out.
948 Games since they had last done so, July 15, 2007.
Quote of the day
"I'm not gonna smile. There's no smiling."
Royals RHP Wade Davis, on facing his former Rays teammates today
Shocking stat of the day
102.4 mph: Speed of the ball off the bat that hit Alex Cobb, per Sun Sports TV.