Friday, January 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Royals Monday preview

Tonight: at Royals

8:15, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Matt Andriese (3-0, 2.63)

ROYALS: RH Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.38)

On Kennedy: Making his seventh career start against Rays. Last beat them in 2007 as member of Yankees. His 8.94 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 11th in AL. Has 1.93 home ERA this season.

On Andriese: Has pitched at least six innings in three of his four starts since joining rotation on Mother's Day. Faced Royals twice last season, once as a starter. Is 0-0 with 1.17 ERA in 72/3 innings against them.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. KENNEDY

Hank Conger 0-for-2

Corey Dickerson 3-for-18

Desmond Jennings 1-for-2

Evan Longoria 1-for-9

Brad Miller 3-for-4, HR

Logan Morrison 5-for-14, 2 HRs

ROYALS VS. ANDRIESE

Cheslor Cuthbert 0-for-2

Jarrod Dyson 0-for-1

Alcides Escobar 0-for-3

Eric Hosmer 0-for-2

Omar Infante 1-for-2

Kendrys Morales 0-for-3

Paulo Orlando 0-for-3

Salvador Perez 1-for-4

Local connections

Royals closer Wade Davis pitched for the Rays from 2009-12. Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland is from Zephyrhills, went to USF and pitched for the Rays from 1998-2000. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi came to the Rays from the Royals with Wil Myers in the James Shields/Davis trade.

On deck

Tuesday: at Kansas City, 8:15. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (2-6, 3.92); Royals — RH Dillon Gee (1-2, 3.86)

Wednesday: at Kansas City, 8:15. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-6, 4.62); Royals — LH Danny Duffy (0-0, 3.23)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

• 2B Logan Forsythe, left shoulder fracture, eligible May 25, targeting early June

• OF Kevin Kiermaier, left hand fracture, eligible June 6, targeting early August

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late July

Roger Mooney, Times correspondent

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