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Rays-Royals Tuesday preview

Tonight: at Royals

8:15, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Drew Smyly (2-6, 3.92)

Royals: RH Dillon Gee (1-2, 3.86)

On Smyly: Allowed two two-run homers to Marlins in last start. Joins ex-Ray James Shields as only pitchers with six losses and sub-4.00 ERA. Is 4-1, 2.70 in 15 games vs. Royals, 3-1, 2.20 in five starts.

On Gee: Former Met makes fourth start since moving from K.C. bullpen into rotation, 1-2, 5.65 in first three. Allowed three homers over four innings to Twins in last start. Has never faced Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Gee

Corey Dickerson 3-for-6, HR

Logan Morrison 2-for-9

Steve Pearce 0-for-1

Royals vs. Smyly

Lorenzo Cain 2-for-8

Alcides Escobar 4-for-17

Eric Hosmer 5-for-19, HR

Omar Infante 1-for-8, HR

About Sunday

As difficult as Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Yankees was to process after taking a no-hitter into the seventh then allowing a two-run homer, RHP Jake Odorizzi said he was able to move on. "The plane ride took care of thinking about it," he said. "It was a tough one to move past quickly, but I'm good now. … Once we got up and got going, we left it behind in Florida."

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, two more interesting notes about the game:

• It was the first time ever the Yankees won a nine-inning game while getting only one hit.

• It was the first time since 2006 that a team lost in which the only hit allowed was a homer in the seventh inning or later. The White Sox beat the Cards on June 22, 2006, on a Jim Thome homer.

Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer

Rays-Royals Tuesday preview 05/30/16 [Last modified: Monday, May 30, 2016 11:43pm]
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