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TODAY: DEVIL RAYS AT ROYALS

WHEN/WHERE: 2:05; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV/RADIO: Ch. 32; WFLA-AM 970, WDCF-AM 1350, WZHR-AM 1400, WWJB-AM 1450, WTBL-AM 1470, WBDN-AM 760 (Spanish).

PITCHERS: Tampa Bay _ RHP Dave Eiland (2-7, 6.13). Kansas City _ RHP Jay Witasick (4-9, 6.53).

ETC: Eiland is looking to set a career high with three victories in a season. He is coming off a start in which he allowed six runs (on six hits and two walks) in 1 innings. Witasick has lost three straight, though he allowed Boston just two runs over six innings in his past start. The Rays knocked him out in the fifth inning May 5, piling up six runs on nine hits. The Rays fly to Detroit tonight, opening a three-game series Monday against the Tigers.

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

OUTTA LEFTFIELD

Saturday's futuristic theme came with its own vocabulary. The bases were "quadrants," the fans "life forms," home runs "blasts," and the game an "intergalactic battle." The positions also had new names: the outfielders were playing the left, center and right sectors; the infielders manning the first, second and third quadrants plus the "intermediate station" (shortstop). The pitchers were podsmen, and catchers the "lower pods." The DH was the "designated force."

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