Royals and Rays play, winner takes 3-game series
Tampa Bay Rays (52-42, second in the AL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (37-57, fifth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Jeffrey Springs (0-0); Royals: Kris Bubic (1-6, 6.02 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 51 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -146, Royals +124; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both the Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays are looking for a series win with a victory on Sunday.
Kansas City has a 37-57 record overall and a 20-28 record at home. The Royals have the sixth-ranked team batting average in the AL at .246.
Tampa Bay has a 21-24 record in road games and a 52-42 record overall. The Rays are 34-18 in games when they record eight or more hits.
Sunday’s game is the third time these teams meet this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Andrew Benintendi is eighth on the Royals with a .318 batting average, and has 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 39 walks and 39 RBI. Bobby Witt Jr. is 15-for-43 with two home runs and eight RBI over the past 10 games.
Ji-Man Choi has 16 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBI for the Rays. Randy Arozarena is 8-for-30 with a double and three home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 5-5, .285 batting average, 3.27 ERA, outscored by two runs
Rays: 7-3, .270 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
INJURIES: Royals: Edward Olivares: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (blister), Jon Heasley: 15-Day IL (shoudler), Salvador Perez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Rays: Harold Ramirez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Jalen Beeks: 15-Day IL (leg), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: 60-Day IL (hip), Mike Zunino: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Josh Fleming: 15-Day IL (oblique), Jeffrey Springs: 15-Day IL (leg), Wander Franco: 10-Day IL (wrist), J.P. Feyereisen: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Margot: 60-Day IL (knee), Andrew Kittredge: 60-Day IL (elbow), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow)