Kansas City visits Tampa Bay, looks to build on Keller's strong performance

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Kansas City Royals (23-23, third in the AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (30-20, first in the AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Mike Minor (3-2, 5.14 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 52 strikeouts) Rays: Tyler Glasnow (4-2, 2.90 ERA, .97 WHIP, 87 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -207, Royals +176; over/under is 7 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Brad Keller. Keller pitched seven innings, giving up one run on four hits with seven strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

The Rays are 11-13 in home games in 2020. Tampa Bay has a collective on-base percentage of .315, led by Yandy Diaz with a mark of .377.

The Royals have gone 11-10 away from home. Kansas City has hit 42 home runs this season, last in the American League. Carlos Santana leads the team with 10, averaging one every 15.6 at-bats.

The Royals won the last meeting 2-1. Brad Keller earned his fourth victory and Santana went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Kansas City. Rich Hill registered his second loss for Tampa Bay.

TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 23 extra base hits and is batting .219.

Santana leads the Royals with 10 home runs and is slugging .474.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 9-1, .286 batting average, 3.41 ERA, outscored opponents by 42 runs

Royals: 7-3, .239 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

INJURIES: Rays: Chaz Roe: (shoulder), Cody Reed: (thumb), Colin Poche: (elbow), Luis Patino: (finger), Oliver Drake: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Chris Archer: (forearm), Nick Anderson: (elbow).

Royals: Daniel Tillo: (undisclosed), Jesse Hahn: (shoulder), Danny Duffy: (forearm), Hunter Dozier: (concussion).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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