Rays vs. Royals
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $9-210 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.
RH James Shields (10-9, 2.95)
Royals: LH Jeff Francis (4-11, 4.88)
Watch for …
Big Game James: Shields rebounded from a rough July with a strong start Wednesday vs. Toronto, allowing 1 run in 7-plus innings. He last faced the Royals in October 2010, and in eight starts overall is 5-2, 4.02 against them.
Leaning left: Francis got roughed up by the Rays in his July 23 start, allowing 3 runs and 9 hits in 5 innings. That was the former Rockie's first start against them, and this is his first game at the Trop.
Rays vs. Francis
Desmond Jennings 2-for-2
Kelly Shoppach 1-for-4
Ben Zobrist 2-for-3
Royals vs. Shields
Billy Butler 7-for-14
Melky Cabrera 4-for-19
Alex Gordon 3-for-15
Wednesday: Royals, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.55); Royals — Felipe Paulino (1-4, 4.19)
Thursday: Royals: 12:10 p.m., no TV. Rays — Jeff Niemann (6-4, 3.58); Royals — Danny Duffy (3-5, 5.08)
Friday: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-10, 3.89); Yankees — CC Sabathia (16-6, 2.81)
Saturday: at Yankees, 4:10 p.m., Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.05); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16)
Visit of the day
OF Sam Fuld's tour of the USF Diabetes Center included a trip to the kitchen, where families learn how to make diabetic-friendly food, and a visit with USF president Judy Genshaft and Dr. Stephen Klasko.
Return of the day
OF Matt Joyce figures he was a good choice to represent the Rays at today's 11 a.m. Feeding America Tampa Bay charity event at a Sweetbay store (7580 49th St., Pinellas Park). "It kinda worked out, because I used to work at a Kash n' Karry (in Seffner)," Joyce said. "I was a bagger, and I worked my way up to cashier."