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Rays: Trying to snap national TV slump

Rays vs. Royals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.18)

ROYALS: RH James Shields (8-4, 3.93)

On Odorizzi: On a roll, 2-0, 2.31 with a .205 opponents average over past 4 starts. Averaging 10.29 strikeouts per 9 innings. Is 0-1, 9.72 in two games vs. former Royals mates.

On Shields: Ex-Ray has been struggling, a 5.43 ERA and .323 opponents average over past 9 starts, though 3-1. Lasted only 5 IP vs. Twins Tuesday. Beat Rays April 30, 2013, in K.C.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SHIELDS

Ryan Hanigan 2-for-2, HR

Matt Joyce 2-for-5, HR

James Loney 2-for-3

ROYALS VS. ODORIZZI

Alex Gordon 2-for-4, HR

Eric Hosmer 3-for-4, HR

Salvador Perez 1-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00); Royals — LH Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32)

Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.28); Royals — RH Yordano Ventura (6-7, 3.07)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-5, 3.16); Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.60)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Shields Wall of Honor

James Shields returns to the Trop mound tonight as Rays franchise leader ahead of David Price in several categories:

W L Starts IP K's CGs

Shields 87 73 217 1454.2 1250 19

Price 79 46 166 1112.1 1035 10

Sunday not-so-fun day?

The Rays won their third in nine games on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball:

Opponent Date Result

vs. Angels 4-26-98 L 2-1

vs. Indians 4-9-00 L 17-4

at Red Sox 5-10-09 L 3-4

at Rangers 7-5-09 L 5-2

Opponent Date Result

vs. Red Sox 8-29-10 W 5-3

vs. Red Sox 7-17-11 L 1-0 (16)

at Rangers 4-29-12 W 5-2

at Dodgers 8-11-13 L 8-2

at Tigers 7-6-14 W 7-3

Quote of the day

"The logistical issues are no sleep and what it does to you the next day."

Manager Joe Maddon, on playing the Sunday night game on the road, then playing at home tonight.

Rays: Trying to snap national TV slump 07/06/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2014 12:17am]
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