Monday, November 20, 2017
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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 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: $2 hot dogs.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.88)

ROYALS: RH Edinson Volquez (8-9, 4.70)

On Odorizzi: Takes a 142/3-inning scoreless streak into tonight's game. Since the start of the 2015 season has made 15 scoreless starts, tied for second most in the American League.

On Volquez: Is 2-6 with a 5.92 ERA in nine road starts this season, including losses in his last four. Is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a .204 opponents average in five career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. VOLQUEZ

Corey Dickerson 3-for-8

Logan Forsythe 1-for-6

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-8

Evan Longoria 5-for-15

ROYALS VS. ODORIZZI

Lorenzo Cain 2-for-8

Jarrod Dyson 1-for-2

Alcides Escobar 3-for-9

Alex Gordon 3-for-7, HR

Eric Hosmer 5-for-10, HR

Salvador Perez 1-for-3

The old guys

With Steve Pearce traded Monday, RHP Kevin Jepsen is now the oldest Ray at 32 years, 7 days. Next oldest is 3B Evan Longoria, at 30 years, 300 days.

On deck

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 — Chris Archer (5-15, 4.38), Twins — TBA

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (6-2, 2.72), Twins — TBA

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer

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