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It had no impact on the outcome, but the play of the day came on a B.J. Surhoff grounder in the eighth. With one out, first baseman Paul Sorrento fielded the ball and looked a runner back at third. The hesitation cost him as Sorrento, pitcher Rick White and Surhoff arrived at first base simultaneously. Sorrento and Surhoff went in low and White tried to leap over. He spiked himself in the right knee and lay sprawled on the ground for a few seconds. "I'm laying there on the ground trying to figure out how bad my knee is, and I look in the bullpen and Norm (Charlton) is signaling safe for me," White said. White got the next hitter to bounce into a double play.

TONIGHT: DEVIL RAYS AT ROYALS

WHEN/WHERE: 8:05; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City.

TV/RADIO: SportsChannel; WFLA-AM 970, WDCF-AM 1350, WZHR-AM 1400, WWJB-AM 1450, WTBL-AM 1470, WBDN-760 AM (Spanish).

PITCHERS: Kansas City _ RHP Dan Reichert (1-0, 13.50). Tampa Bay _ RHP Bobby Witt (6-8, 5.74).

ETC: This is the Rays' first game in Kansas City this year. Tampa Bay is 2-1 against the Royals, who are 1-5 in their homestand and have dropped six of their past seven. Since May 23, when they were second in the Central at 22-20 and trailed Cleveland by eight games, they have gone 24-47. The Rays were 5-0 in Witt's first five starts, 3-14 in the past 17. In 29 lifetime appearances vs. Kansas City he is 9-9 with a 4.36 ERA. Witt leads the Rays in innings pitched (122), but his last start (2-plus innings Saturday vs. Cleveland) was his second-shortest stint of the season. He last faced the Royals on May 22, 1998, when he was with the Rangers. He did not figure in Texas' 13-10 win. He is 3-4, 5.19 in 10 games (nine starts) at Kauffman Stadium.

RAYS INFO: Call (727) 825-3137; (888) FAN-RAYS.

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