Rays at Royals
When/where: 2:10 today; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 5.01)
ROYALS: RH Jeremy Guthrie (12-10, 4.27)
On Hellickson: In a rut, 0-4, 8.06 over his past five starts, failing to get through 5 IP four times. Has allowed a .407 average with runners in scoring position and two outs. Is 1-1, 4.85 in 5 games vs. Royals.
On Guthrie: Royals top winner has lost three straight, with a 6.63 ERA and 32 hits allowed in 19 IP. Is 7-11, 4.20 in 22 games vs. Rays, including a June 15 loss at Trop.
Rays VS. GUTHRIE
Matt Joyce 11-for-30, 2 HRs
E. Longoria 12-for-39, 2 HRs
Ben Zobrist 12-for-35
ROYALS VS. HELLICKSON
Billy Butler 7-for-12
Alex Gordon 6-for-12
Eric Hosmer 2-for-11
Tuesday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 4.97); Angels — LH C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.30)
Wednesday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays – RH Chris Archer (7-5, 2.93); Angels — RH Garrett Richards (4-5, 3.95)
Thursday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-5, 3.28); Angels — LH Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.77)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
AL wild card
Team W-L Pct. GB
Rays 74-54 .578—
A's 72-57 .558—
Indians 71-59 .546 11/2
Orioles 70-59 .543 2
Yankees 69-61 .531 31/2
The Rays — or at least most of them — left after Sunday's game for Kansas City, where they'll play an afternoon makeup of their May 2 snow-out then fly back home. They're traveling light, taking only 21 active players (leaving the other four starters home), one fewer trainer, none of the TV crew, no suitcases (carry-ons only) and less than half as much equipment (extra bats, uniforms, training room supplies) as usual. It's just the second time the Rays have made a one-game-only trip from home and back, losing at New York in 2004.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson will have 10-15 friends and relatives from his native Iowa on hand today in K.C., but none of the other starters who would normally greet him in the dugout when he comes off the mound. (They instead will be working out at the Trop.) "It'll be pretty weird since I'm used to giving them high-fives every inning on the top step," he said. "I don't know who will be there; it'll be different." LHP David Price said they do have a contingency plan for the now customary starters jump if Hellickson throws a complete game by using the FaceTime video feature on their phones.
Numbers of the day
41, 91 High temperature for the May 2 game, forecast high for today.