Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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)

Rays-Royals Thursday preview 08/03/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.