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Rays: Joyce has Armwood treat; no smiling Wade Davis

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.

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

Monday: Off

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.

Rays: Joyce has Armwood treat; no smiling Wade Davis 06/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 15, 2013 9:56pm]
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