Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Royals Tuesday preview

Tonight: vs. Royals

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

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

Promotion: $2 tickets for all kids 14 and under with purchase of full-price adult ticket

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Matt Andriese (6-2, 2.75)

ROYALS: RH Yordano Ventura (6-9, 4.88)

On Andriese: Was 5-1 with 2.92 ERA in eight starts before being moved to bullpen to make room for LHP Blake Snell. Since then he has appeared in 10 games, pitching 222/3 innings.

On Ventura: Coming off first career complete game in most recent start, an eight-inning outing where he allowed four hits and run in 3-2 loss at Texas. Royals 0-6 in his past six starts.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. VENTURA

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-3, HR

Evan Longoria 2-for-7

Brad Miller 2-for-10

ROYALS VS. ANDRIESE

Lorenzo Cain 0-for-4

Jarrod Dyson 1-for-5

Alcides Escobar 0-for-6

Kendrys Morales 0-for-5

Salvador Perez 1-for-4

Guyer leaves a mark

OF Brandon Guyer will continue to lead the American League in hit by pitches since the 23 he accrued with the Rays carries over to the Indians. His 24 HBP last season led the AL and set a team record. He was on his way to resetting the team record this season before Monday's trade. So what's the Indians' record for HBP in a single season? That would be 17 set by Minnie Minoso in 1959.

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.88), Royals — RH Edinson Volquez (8-9, 4.70)

Thursday: vs. Royals, 12:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (3-11, 5.42), Royals — RH Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.41)

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 Tyler Duffey (5-8, 6.12)

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:10. Rays — TBA; Twins — RH Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.54)

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer

Comments
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