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Rays-Royals Friday preview

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Published Aug. 28, 2015

Rays vs. Royals

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $7-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Rays Rally 'Stache to all fans, presented by Dali Museum.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Erasmo Ramirez (10-4, 3.66) ROYALS: RH Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.40)

On Ramirez: Coming off no-decision at Oakland where he allowed eight hits. Is 10-3, 2.78 in 18 starts since moving into rotation full time. Got a no-decision in only start vs. Royals in 2013.

On Volquez: Coming off rough start vs. Boston, allowing six runs over 6 2/3 innings. Has allowed only a .188 average with RISP. Is 2-0, 2.59 in four starts vs. Rays, including July 7 no-decision.

Key matchups

ROYALS VS. RAMIREZ

Alcides Escobar 0-for-3

Alex Rios 3-for-8

Ben Zobrist 4-for-9, 2 HR

RAYS VS. volquez

John Jaso 3-for-7 HR

Evan Longoria 4-for-12

James Loney 2-for-16

On deck

Saturday: vs. Royals, 6:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (6-6, 3.02); Royals — RH Kris Medlen (2-0, 3.10)

Sunday: vs. Royals, 1:10. Rays — RH Nathan Karns (7-5, 3.69); Royals — LH Danny Duffy (7-6, 4.13)

Monday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer (11-9, 2.77); Orioles — LH Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.17)

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (1-2, 3.42); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (9-8, 4.51)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer