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Wacha Looks To Make History For Rays In Kansas City

Rays pitcher Michael Wacha works against the New York Yankees
photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have the opportunity to make history tonight in Kansas City, as they can finish a multi-city road trip 6-0 for the first time with a win over the Royals.  Michael Wacha (1-1, 4.20 ERA) will get the start, taking on Jakob Junis (1-0, 1.50 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 8:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Meadows LF

Tsutsugo DH

Wendle 3B

Lowe 2B

Diaz 1B

Kiermaier CF

Mejia C

Adames SS

Phillips RF


Royals Starting Lineup

Merrifield 2B

Santana 1B

Perez C

Soler DH

Dozier 3B

Benintendi LF

Taylor CF

Isbel RF

Lopez SS

Can Rays Finish Trip Unbeaten?

Tampa Bay has only finished a multi-city road trip unbeaten once in franchise history: in 2014, when they swept a three-game series in Minnesota, followed by a two-game set in St. Louis from July 18-23.  The Rays can become the first team to sweep a multi-city road trip this year and the first since Cleveland went 6-0 in Pittsburgh and Detroit from August 14-19, 2020.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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