Preview: Rays looking to pull out of 4-game losing streak with series opener vs. Royals
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Royals: Brad Keller (2-1, 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 26 strikeouts)
Rays: Yonny Chirinos (2-0, 3.26 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 19 strikeouts)
Tampa Bay enters the matchup as losers of their last four games.
The Rays are 7-6 in home games. Tampa Bay ranks seventh in the MLB in hitting with a .262 batting average, Tommy Pham leads the club with an average of .289.
The Royals are 2-8 on the road. Kansas City has hit 27 home runs as a team this season. Hunter Dozier leads them with six, averaging one every 11.5 at-bats.
Pham leads the Rays with 24 hits and has 10 RBIs. Austin Meadows is 18-for-40 with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Rays: 5-5, .279 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Royals: 5-5, .245 batting average, 4.43 ERA
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: 10-day IL (toe), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Austin Meadows: 10-day IL (right thumb sprain), Matt Duffy: 10-day IL (back), Ji-Man Choi: day-to-day (calf).