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Just about the time the Rays and Royals are finishing Sunday's game at Kauffman Stadium, the Chiefs will be warming up at adjacent Arrowhead Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. NFL preseason game with Tennessee. Savvy team officials put together a package deal, offering a ticket to each game for $40. No word on how they'll handle the traffic jam.

TONIGHT: DEVIL RAYS AT ROYALS

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

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

PITCHERS: Tampa Bay _ RHP Ryan Rupe (6-6, 4.88). Kansas City _ RHP Jeff Suppan (7-6, 3.74).

ETC: Rupe made his big-league debut against the Royals on May 5, allowing four hits _ all homers _ over 4 innings. After going 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in his first 10 starts, Rupe is 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA in his past seven. Suppan is coming off back-to-back complete-game victories. He pitched against the Rays on May 4 at the Trop, allowing 10 hits and two runs in seven innings. Both teams will wear futuristic uniforms tonight as part of the Turn Ahead the Clock promotion.

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

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