American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 7th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) at Kansas City Royals (2-3), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18)
Kansas City - Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.29)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Left-hander Matt Moore looks for better luck against the
Kansas City Royals on Monday night when the Tampa Bay Rays travel to Kauffman
Stadium to begin a three-game series.
The Rays have lost nine of their last 13 meetings with the Royals and were
consistently hit hard by them in 2013 while dropping six of seven games,
posting a 7.95 earned run average in the season series and allowing at least
seven runs five times.
Thus far this season, Tampa Bay has allowed three or fewer runs in five of
Moore allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 2-13 matchup with Kansas City en
route to dropping a 7-2 decision at Tropicana Field in June. He's making his
second start of 2014 after losing, 3-0, to Toronto on Wednesday.
In that game, the 24-year-old Florida native allowed two runs in 5 2/3
He's 15-7 in 33 career road appearances.
The Royals counter with fellow lefty Jason Vargas, who makes his second start
in a Kansas City uniform since joining the team as a free agent in the
The 31-year-old California native signed a four-year deal worth $32 million
and allowed a single run over seven innings while getting a no-decision in a
2-1 loss at Detroit in his Wednesday debut.
He was beaten, 7-1, in his last meeting with the Rays, surrendering 10 hits
and five runs in four innings while still with the Los Angeles Angels of
In four previous games against Tampa Bay, Vargas was 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA.
On Sunday at Tampa Bay, Yu Darvish tossed seven innings in his 2014 debut and
the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-0 win over the Rays at
Alex Cobb pitched well in the start for Tampa Bay, holding Texas to three
singles with a walk and six strikeouts over seven frames.
Meanwhile, in Kansas City, Chris Sale tossed eight scoreless innings as the
Chicago White Sox downed the Royals, 5-1, to avoid a three-game sweep.
James Shields (0-1) was the hard-luck loser, allowing just one run on five
hits while striking out six over seven innings.
Alex Gordon had an RBI single and Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 in the setback for
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