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What's new: The Royals, who traded ace Zack Greinke in the offseason, are working on an increasingly bright future. Top prospects 3B Mike Moustakas and 1B Eric Hosmer have been called up and inserted in the lineup, joining LF Alex Gordon and DH Billy Butler. Pitching, as usual, is the problem, specifically a rotation that has only 20 wins and a 4.99 ERA. They're also in sellers' mode, trading INF Wilson Betemit to Detroit and reportedly talking about others, such as OFs Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francouer. The bigger prize is closer Joakim Soria.
Key stat: Royals outfielders lead the majors with 33 assists and have thrown out 18 runners at the plate.
Connections: Rays DH Johnny Damon, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joel Peralta and injured RHP Juan Cruz are former Royals. … K.C. hitting coach Kevin Seitzer is the father of Rays' 11th-round draft pick 1B Cameron Seitzer, now playing at Princeton.
Series history: The Rays lead 60-46, including 25-24 at Kauffman Stadium.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer