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PUPPY LOVE

Rays manager Joe Maddon already had an English bulldog named Winston Churchill Maddon.Now he has a first lady for his first lady, surprising wifeJaye on Saturday with a puppy named Clementine Churchill Maddon (left). The brown and white English bulldog was an early birthday present for Jaye, paying her back for throwing him a surprise birthday party in February. Clementine, fittingly, was born on Maddon's birthday (Feb. 8). Quipped Maddon: "Is that dog-ology or astro-ology?"

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Hoop dreams

No Ray was more excited about Kentucky's Final Four victory over Wisconsin on Saturday than RHP Josh Lueke, a Covington, Ky. native. "I was yelling," Lueke said. "I woke up everybody; dog was barking; kids were screaming." Lueke, of course, picked the Wildcats to win it all. And if they beat Connecticut tonight, he could overtake manager Joe Maddon in the team's bracket challenge. "I'm pumped," he said.

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Number of the day

19

Games, of the Rays' next 26, that will be played on the road; in addition, 34 of the next 53 are on the road

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Rays at Royals

When/where: 8:10 tonight; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

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Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18)

ROYALS: LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.29)

On Moore: Lost his season debut Wednesday, allowing two runs on six hits in 52/3 innings against the Blue Jays. Is 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in two starts against the Royals.

On Vargas: Was sharp in his opener, giving up just one run in seven innings in a no-decision against the Tigers. Is 3-4 with a 3.42 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) against the Rays.

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Key matchups

RAYS vs. VARGAS

E. Longoria.................4-for-17, HR

B. Zobrist...................9-for-22

S. Rodriguez...............2-for-16

ROYALS VS. MOORE

A. Escobar..................4-for-6, HR

A. Gordon...................0-for-6

M. Moustakas..............1-for-3, HR

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On deck

Tuesday: at Royals, 8:10. Rays - RH Chris Archer (1-0, 3.00); Royals - Yordano Ventura (0-0, 0.00)

Wednesday: at Royals, 2:10. Rays - Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00); Royals - Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.65)

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Rays disabled list

- INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

- RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14

- RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

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