Up next: vs. Royals
Tonight through Monday
What's new: Not much since the Rays swept them in the first series after the All-Star break. Kansas City (40-61) is last in the American League Central partly due to its offensive struggles. The Royals are 28th in the majors with 394 runs and 27th with a .252 batting average. Tampa Bay, however, is scheduled to face All-Star RHP Zack Greinke on Monday.
Key stat: The Royals entered Thursday tied for 26th in the majors in fielding percentage at .980.
Connections: Rays assistant to the pitching coach Brian Anderson, LHP J.P. Howell and RHP Joe Nelson are former Royals.
Series history: The Rays have won all six meetings this season, including three at the Trop. The Rays lead 53-41 all time, their best record against any American League opponent. Tampa Bay is 30-19 against the Royals at the Trop, also its best record against any American League opponent.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer