ST PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 21: Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Tropicana Field on August 21, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Rays: Tampa Bay Wins 5-3

David Price and Luke Hochevar combined for a pitcher's duel in a game that needed 10 innings to win.

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Royals Vs. Rays Final Score: Rays Win 5-3

The Tampa Bay Rays knocked off the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Wednesday. The Rays took a 2-1 lead on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly and a Jeff Keppinger single in the third and added insurance runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Zobrist picked up his second RBI with a seventh-inning double, while Keppinger finished 2-for-4 on the day. James Shields got the win, improving to 13-7 on the season. Luis Mendoza picked up the loss, dropping to 7-9 on the year. Fernando Rodney picked up his 39th save.

Shields lasted seven and two-thirds innings, scattering three runs over five hits and striking out seven. Tampa’s bullpen closed out the game, allowing only one hit in the final two-and-a-third innings.

With the win, the Rays improved to 69-55 on the year. The Royals dropped to 55-68 with the loss. Tampa trails the Yankees by 3.5 games in the American League East and currently sits atop the Wild Card standings.

For more on the Rays, please be sure to check out our blog DRaysBay and SB Nation Tampa Bay for all the latest news and updates.

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Rays Vs. Royals: Lineups For Wednesday Announced

The Tampa Bay Rays mustered just two hits on Tuesday night and to shake things up, Joe Maddon has removed Luke Scott and Jose Molina from the lineup. Evan Longoria will also be shifting from third base to designated hitter for the game.

The complete lineups are:

Kansas City Royals

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
8. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

Tampa Bay Rays

2. B.J. Upton (R) CF
3. Matt Joyce (L) RF
4. Evan Longoria (R) DH
5. Ben Zobrist (S) SS
6. Jeff Keppinger (R) 3B
7. Carlos Pena (L) 1B
8. Ryan Roberts (R) 2B
9. Jose Lobaton (S) C

For updates on the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit DRaysBay and Royals Review. And for more news and notes from around baseball, check out Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Rays Game Preview: Shields Looks To Stay Hot

James Shields will take the mound on Wednesday against the Royals.

David Price has been the unquestioned ace for the Tampa Bay Rays this year, but as the Rays push for the playoffs, Shields has stepped up his game. The Rays have won five of Shields' last six starts, and the veteran righty turned in a quality start in all five of those wins.

The Royals will counter with Luis Mendoza, who has been something of a pleasant surprise for Kansas City. The undrafted Venezuelan has managed a quality start in three of his last four outings.

Mendoza has never faced the Rays before, but pitching will likely be key in Wednesday's series finale given the 1-0 result of Tuesday's showdown.

The Rays currently trail the Yankees by four games in the AL East, but hold a one game lead over the Orioles for the top wild-card spot.

Wednesday's game will start at 1:10 p.m. ET, and can be found on SUN.

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Royals Vs. Rays: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After losing a tough 10-inning game on Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays will have a quick turnaround for a Wednesday get-away game against the Kansas City Royals.

Tampa Bay will try to win the rubber match against Kansas City and increase their lead in the AL wild card race, which the Rays grabbed after winning 12 of their last 15 games.

Even with an extra wild card this year, they don't have too much breathing room, not with five teams (Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, L.A. and Oakland) still hanging around in the post-season discussion.

James Shields, who has a 11-7 record with a 4.03 ERA, takes the mound for Tampa against Luis Mendoza of the Royals. Mendoza has gone 7-8 with a 4.26 ERA this year.

TV: SunSports

Time: 1:10 PM EST

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Rays Vs. Royals: Tampa Bay Two Hit In 1-0 Loss

A third-inning double from Luke Scott and an infield single from Matt Joyce in the bottom of the ninth inning were the only things preventing the Tampa Bay Rays from being on the wrong side of a no-hitter yet again on Tuesday night.

As a result, a dominant starting effort from David Price went for naught as the Rays fell to the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in 10 innings.

The game's only run came as a result of an infield single from Jeff Franceour in the top of the 10th. He advanced to second on a throwing error and then scored on a single from Erik Hosmer. Joel Peralta picked up the loss for Tampa Bay.

What could be lost in the discussion of the offense's ineptitude was Price's performance -- 8 innings, 1 hit allowed, 0 earned runs. However, the night belonged to Luke Hochevar, who matched Price inning for inning but allowed only one hit and struck out 10 Rays batters.

For the latest on the Rays, head over to DRays Bay.

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Evan Longoria 'Won't Play 9 Innings' At 3rd Base Each Game

Evan Longoria is set to start at third base on Tuesday night for the first time since injuring his hamstring on April 30, 2012. But while Longoria will be back in the field after two weeks of designated-hitter duty, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon says he doesn't want the 26-year-old All-Star won't go full-tilt, or even full-time, just yet:

It's exciting for both the Rays and Rays fans that Longoria is back at third base, but as Maddon said, expectations should be tempered for the short term.

In the meantime, Rays fans should just be thrilled to have Longoria's MVP-caliber bat anchoring Tampa Bay's lineup once again.

For the latest on the Rays, head over to DRays Bay.


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Rays Vs. Royals Lineups: Evan Longoria Returns To Third Base

Good news for the Tampa Bay Rays and Rays fans: Evan Longoria is returning to the starting lineup on Tuesday night, and will start at third base for the Rays.

Since being activated off the disabled list on Aug. 7, Longoria has served as the Rays designated hitter, making it easier on his still-rehabbing hamstring. Longoria, though, is at least ready to play the field for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

The starting lineups for both the Rays and Royals are as follows:

Kansas City Royals

CF Lorenzo Cain
SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
DH Billy Butler
C Salvador Perez
3B Mike Moustakas
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Eric Hosmer
2B Johnny Giavotella

SP Luke Hochevar

Tampa Bay Rays

LF Desmond Jennings
CF B.J. Upton
RF Matt Joyce
3B Evan Longoria
SS Ben Zobrist
1B Carlos Pena
DH Luke Scott
2B Ryan Roberts
C Jose Molina

SP David Price

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Royals Vs. Rays: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Monday night, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to repeat the feat on Tuesday with ace David Price on the mound at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay is the hottest team in baseball having won 12 of its last 14 including a current 5-game winning streak. With the offense struggling all year, the Rays managed to stay in the race. Now with Evan Longoria healthy and hitting, the team has completely taken off to lead the AL Wild-Card chase.

With Price on the mound, Tampa will be formidable once again. The 26-year-old has been dominant this season with a 16-4 record and 2.39 ERA, putting himself in the conversation for the AL Cy Young.

In his last three outings, Price has pitched 22 innings and only allowed two runs on 12 hits. In fact, the last time Price has given up more than three earned runs is all the way back on June 13.

Against Price will be Luke Hochevar, who has had a tough 2012. The once highly-touted prospect has 11 losses and a 5.24 ERA to his name. However, he pitched a complete game shutout the last time he tangled with the Rays back on June 25.

TV: SUN Sports

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

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Royals Vs. Rays Final Score: Jeremy Hellickson Pitches Seven Strong, Rays Win Fifth Straight

Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson limited the Kansas City Royals to just one run and scattered six hits over seven innings as the Rays defeated the Royals, 5-1, Monday night. Tampa is 9-2 in its last 11 games after an 8-2 road trip that included a perfect-game loss to Seattle's Felix Hernandez.

The young righty struck out six and lowered his season ERA to 3.28. It was Hellickson's first win at Tropicana Field since May 16.

Tampa struck first in the second inning when Elliot Johnson drove a two-out single to left-center to plate Sean Rodriguez. Kansas City answered in their half of the third. After Johnny Giavotella and Jarrod Dyson led off the frame with singles, Alcides Escobar grounded into a double play, but Alex Gordon's infield single scored Giavotella from third a batter later.

After Desmond Jennings led off the bottom of the third with a triple and scored one batter later on Royals pitcher Will Smith's wild pitch, the Rays broke things open in the fourth courtesy of a run-scoring single from Jose Lobaton and Jennings' RBI double to left. Jeff Keppinger tacked on a solo home run in the fifth, his sixth of the season, for the Rays' final tally.

The win moves Hellickson to 8-8 on the season. Will Smith (4-5) took the loss after lasting just 3.2 innings and allowing four earned runs on eight hits.

For more on the Tampa Bay Rays, head over to DRays Bay, and be sure to check out Baseball Nation, SBNation's MLB hub.

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Royals Vs. Rays Lineups: Evan Longoria Will Sit Out Monday's Game

Evan Longoria isn't in the Rays lineup for Monday night's game against Kansas City. Among other changes, Ben Zobrist is the DH, Jeff Keppinger is in at first base and Jose Lobaton will handle the catching duties. The full lineups are listed below.

Tampa Bay:

1. Desmond Jennings (R) LF
2. B.J. Upton (R) CF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) DH
4. Jeff Keppinger (R) 1B
5. Ryan Roberts (R) 2B
6. Sean Rodriguez (R) 3B
7. Sam Fuld (L) RF
8. Jose Lobaton (S) C
9. Elliot Johnson (S) SS

Related: Series Preview: Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays

Kansas City:

1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Alex Gordon (L) LF
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Salvador Perez (R) C
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF
8. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B

For updates on the game, stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit DRaysBay and Royals Review. And for more news and notes from around baseball, check out Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Rays Game Preview: Streaking Rays Welcome Royals

After a franchise record setting four-game sweep of the Angels, the Rays return to Tampa Bay to welcome the Royals.

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