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Rays seek third straight win vs. Royals

Jul 27, 2008 - 2:16 PM Tampa Bay (61-42) at Kansas City (46-59) 2:10 pm. EDT

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The first-place Tampa Bay Rays are getting healthy against the lowly Kansas City Royals. Andy Sonnanstine takes the hill on Sunday as the Rays aim for a third straight win in the finale of a four-game series.

Tampa Bay, which holds a two-game lead over Boston in the American League East, had lost 10 of it last 16 games before meeting up with the Royals. Carl Crawford hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the eighth inning lifting the Rays to a 5-3 victory on Saturday.

The Rays hopes Sonnanstine (10-5, 4.54 ERA) can shake off a pair of bad outings and led them to their first three-game winning streak since a season-best seven game run from June 29-July 6.

The 24-year-old righthander has dropped his last two starts, allowing 12 runs and 14 hits over his last 12 1/3 innings. Sonnanstine may get some support from Carlos Pena, who has dominated Kansas City pitching recently. Pena, who homered for the second straight game Saturday, is hitting .435 (20-for-46) with seven home runs, 17 RBI in his last 12 games against the Royals.

Kyle Davies takes the hill for the Royals, who have lost five of six. Davies (3-2, 4.58) has not won since June 17, and is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his last five starts.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0
    KANSAS CITY 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 x 6 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, AL REYES (7TH), TREVER MILLER (7TH), JASON
    HAMMEL (8TH) AND SHAWN RIGGANS
    KAN - KYLE DAVIES, RON MAHAY (6TH), LEO NUNEZ (8TH),
    JOAKIM SORIA

    Jul 27 4:48 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY BILLY BUTLER (6) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF AL REYES SCORED ESTEBAN GERMAN AND DAVID DEJESUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, KANSAS CITY 6
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.245, 0-FOR-3)

    Rays 1, Royals 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 27 4:15 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.274, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 1, Royals 3  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 27 3:34 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED MIKE AVILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D DEJESUS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    KANSAS CITY 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.256, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Rays 0, Royals 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 27 3:28 PM
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    Rays 0, Royals 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 27 3:22 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED DAVID DEJESUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUTLER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    KANSAS CITY 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.247, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 0, Royals 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 27 3:09 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE AVILES (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF ANDY SONNANSTINE.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0, KANSAS CITY 1
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.301, 10 HR, 54 RBI)

    Rays 0, Royals 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 27 2:22 PM