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Tampa Bay Rays up next: vs. Kansas City Royals

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What's new: It's still about the future for the Royals, but the present is pretty good as they swept the AL Central-leading White Sox to cap a 5-1 homestand. 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas, DH Billy Butler and C Salvador Perez are promising pieces, but they haven't had the pitching, specifically the starters, to make it work yet. (Though the past week has been good.) Closer Jonathan Broxton was traded to Cincinnati at the deadline. They also dumped INF Yuniesky Betancourt, LHP Jose Mijares and LHP Jonathan Sanchez (in trade) and lost INF Chris Getz to injury.

Key stat: Butler's 25 homers are the most by a Royal since 2003, when Carlos Beltran had 26.

Connections: Former Rays pitcher/front-office assistant and Zephyrhills product Dave Eiland is K.C.'s pitching coach. … Rays RHPs Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta are former Royals.

Series history: Royals lead 3-0 this season; Rays lead 65-51 overall, 39-22 at the Trop.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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