Game 134: Rays at Kansas City Royals — Pregame News and Notes

After an impressive 12–0 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the Rays will look to win a series tonight, and get back to .500. Tampa Bay (66–67) has won six of eight games. The Rays are 2.5 games back of the Twins for the final playoff spot.

Here’s the Rays lineup for tonight:

Kiermaier CF

Duda DH

Longoria 3B

Morrison 1B

Souza Jr RF

Dickerson LF

Ramos C

Miller 2B

Hechavarria SS

The 12 runs were the most scored in 56 games (15 in a 15–5 win over Baltimore on June 23rd). In addition, the victory snapped an eight-game skid against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals meanwhile have been held scoreless for 43 straight innings, five shy of the MLB mark shared by the 1968 Cubs and 1906 Philadelphia A’s.

Alex Cobb (9–8 3.69) will start for the Rays. Here’s the lineup he’ll face:

Merrifield 2B

Cain CF

Cabrera DH

Hosmer 1B

Perez C

Moustakas 3B

Bonifacio RF

Moss LF

Escobar SS

Cobb came off the DL to pitch scoreless ball into the fifth inning his last time out against Toronto. Cobb did not face the Royals earlier this year. The Rays pen only used one reliever last night, giving the team a rested unit over the next two days, with an off day on Thursday.

Jake Junis (5–2 4.68) will get the ball for Kansas City. Junis gave up one run in his last start against Colorado. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in three of four August starts.

While the Rays play the Royals, Tropicana Field will host the Astros and Rangers at 7:05. The series was moved due to Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are $10 and all seats are general admission in the lower seating bowl.

Double-A Montgomery qualified for the postseason yesterday. Here’s what else has happened in the Rays system:

Durham (82–52) won 5–2 at White Sox affiliate Charlotte. Shane Peterson had a three-run triple and Ryne Stanek picked up the win in relief.

Montgomery (38–25, 75–58) joined Durham as Rays affiliates in the postseason with a 4–0 win over Mobile. Justin Williams homered and Brandon Lowe had a two-run triple to back Benton Moss.

Charlotte (35–25, 66–62) —was postponed by rain against Clearwater.

Bowling Green (36–28, 67–64) lost 3–1 at Tigers affiliate West Michigan. Kenny Rosenberg gave up one run over 5.2 innings.

Hudson Valley (38–27) won 5–3 over Tri-City. Resly Linares allowed two runs over 5.2 innings.

Princeton (28–36) won 8–7 over Johnson City, coming back from a 7–1 deficit. Zach Rutherford had the walk-off hit.

GCL (25–28) was rained out against the Twins.

The Arizona Fall League rosters have been announced. Pitchers Benton Moss, Dalton Moats and Spencer Jones will be joined by infielders Kevin Padlo and Brandon Lowe and catcher Brett Sullivan.