Rays vs. Royals
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: LH David Price (16-4, 2.39)
ROYALs: RH Luke Hochevar (7-11, 5.24)
On Price: He has continued to roll in his Cy-Young worthy season, having not lost in his last 11 starts, and lasted at least seven innings in each of them. He is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against Kansas City.
On Hochevar: He's winless in his past three but allowed just three runs over seven innings his last time out against Oakland. He is 2-2 with a 5.72 ERA in seven career starts against Tampa Bay.
Rays VS. HOCHEVar
Matt Joyce 2-for-10, 2 HRs
B.J. Upton 7-for-20
E. Longoria 6-for-13, 2 HRs
Royals vs. price
Billy Butler 2-for-6
Alex Gordon 0-for-3
Brayan Pena 1-for-2
Wednesday: vs. Royals, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-7, 4.03); Royals — Luis Mendoza (7-8, 4.36)
Thursday: vs. A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.74); A's — TBA
Friday: vs. A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-7, 3.57); A's — TBA
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Comparison of the day
C Jose Molina, who was honored as part of the 2002 Angels World Series championship team over the weekend, said there are a lot of similarities between that club and the current Rays. "Because no one gives us a chance," Molina said. "And when no one gives us a chance, we put a little bit extra out there. We tell ourselves that we're going to show people that we're really here."
AL race for wild cards
Team W L Pct. GB
Tampa Bay 68 54 .557—
Oakland 65 55 .542—*
Baltimore 66 56 .541—
Detroit 64 57 .529 11/2
Los Angeles 62 60 .508 4
* Late game not included
What they're saying
"If you're thinking about October, no team looks more imposing than the Rays."
MLB.com columnist Richard Justice, who writes the Rays "appear to be the best team in baseball."