Friday, June 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Royals Thursday preview

Today: vs. Royals

12:10, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: MLB Network; 620-AM

Tickets: $15-275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Cheer sticks to all kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.42)

ROYALS: RH Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.41)

On Smyly: Snapped 11-start winless streak Saturday vs. Yankees in second straight quality start. Has allowed a career-high 22 homers, five to lefties. Is 4-2, 4.09 in 14 games vs. Royals.

On Kennedy: Coming off no-decision vs. Rangers, allowing one run over seven innings. Has allowed major-league co-leading 26 homers. Is 1-4, 5.40 in seven starts vs. Rays, the win in 2007.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. KENNEDY

Corey Dickerson 3-for-21

Logan Forsythe 4-for-12

Evan Longoria 2-for-11

Brad Miller 3-for-4, HR

ROYALS VS. SMYLY

Lorenzo Cain 4-for-10, HR

Alcides Escobar 4-for-19

Alex Gordon 2-for-17

Eric Hosmer 7-for-22, HR

On deck

Friday: vs. Twins, 7:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (3-4, 3.08); Twins — RH Ervin Santana (4-9, 3.66)

Saturday: vs. Twins, 6:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-15, 4.38); Twins — RH Jose Berrios (2-1, 8.57)

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