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  • MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015 at KANSAS CITY ROYALS RH Alex Colome (3-4, 4.70) vs. RH Edinson Volquez (8-4, 3.48)

    RAY MATTER—The Rays snapped their season-high 7-game losing streak with yesterday’s 8-1 win at Yankee Stadium…the 8 runs were their most in a game since a 9-5 win on May 31 at BAL…it snapped the Rays streak of 17 games without scoring more than 5 runs…the Rays dropped 2 out of 3 to the Yankees to start this 7-game, two-city trip…the Rays scored 2 runs in the 1st inning yesterday to run their record to 31-8 (.795) when scoring first, best record in the AL…the Rays scored a season-high 3 unearned runs in that win…the Rays are 3-11 since June 21 when they were a season-high 10 games over .500…the Rays were in first place and a season-high 2 games up in the AL East on June 23, but are 2-9 since…5 of those losses came in the 9th inning or later.

    ONE OR FEWER—Yesterday was the 24th time the Rays have held op- ponents to one run or fewer, 2nd most such games in the majors behind St. Louis (28)…yesterday’s 8-1 win over the Yankees was the eighth time Erasmo Ramirez has allowed one run or less…only 3 AL starters have had more such starts: teammate Chris Archer (10), HOU Dallas Keuchel (9) and SEA Felix Hernandez (9).

    RAYS STARTERS RECORD NEW YANKEE STADIUM FIRST—Despite the fact that the Rays lost 2 of 3 games at Yankee Stadium over the week- end, Rays starters Chris Archer, Nathan Karns and Erasmo Ramirez each pitched 6 or more innings while holding the Yankees to 5 or fewer hits and 2 or fewer runs…last time a team had its starters do that over 3 consecutive days in Yankee Stadium (new or old) was the Red Sox, Sep 5-7, 2003 (Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield and Jeff Suppan)…Rays pitchers held the Yankees to a .188 average in the series, their lowest mark in a home series this season.

    TRENDING UPWARD—The Rays 43-41 (.512) record is .068 pct. points better than last year on this date (40-50, .444)…only two AL teams have shown greater improvement from a year ago: Houston (.167 points) and Minnesota (.071 points)…the Rays are 8 games better than their 84-game mark from a year ago (35-49).

    RAYS UP…TO 80—The Rays have made 16 roster moves in the last 13 days, giving them 80 total moves since Opening Day.

    KIERMAIER GRABS MAJOR LEAGUE TRIPLES LEAD—Kevin Kierma- ier delivered his eighth triple of the season yesterday, taking over the major league lead in triples…only once has a Tampa Bay player led the majors in triples: Carl Crawford in 2004…Kiermaier’s 16 triples over the past two sea- sons are tied for the major league lead with CWS Adam Eaton and MIA Dee Gordon—even though he wasn’t called up for good until May 28, 2014… yesterday’s triple was also the 16th of his career…it came in his 188th career game…only two active players reached 16 triples faster in their career: Juan Uribe in his 141st game with Colorado in 2002 and Starling Marte with Pitts- burgh in his 162nd game in 2013…Crawford, the Rays all-time triples leader, didn’t reach 16 career triples until his 217th game in the big leagues.

    KINGS OF THE ROAD—This road trip began a stretch in which the Rays play 13 of 16 on the road…the Rays are a major league best 22-14 (.611) on the road and are the only team in the AL East with a winning road re- cord…the Rays are 12-5 on the road since May 30…since June 2, 2014, the Rays are 52-32 on road and 45-58 at home…the Rays have the majors’ best road record since 2010 (239-203, .542).

    NOTHING BUT THE BEST—The Rays final 10 games before the All-Star break are against teams currently in first place (New York, Kansas City and Houston)…the Rays are 25-24 vs. teams over .500.

    THE RAYS WAY—The Rays are the only AL team averaging under 4.0 runs per game with a winning record…the Rays have scored 306 runs and al- lowed 304, both fewest in club history after 84 games…Rays relievers have thrown a major-league-high 283.1 innings and have a major-league-most 34 saves…opponents are batting .232 vs. the Rays, lowest in the majors… the Rays have led the AL in opponents’ average in four of the last five years.

    MOTTER NAMED IL PLAYER OF THE WEEK—Triple-A Durham utility- man Taylor Motter was named International League Batter of the Week today…he batted .556 (10-for-18, 3-HR, 10-RBI)…named an IL All-Star on Thursday, Motter ranks 5th in the IL in batting avg. (.315), 1st in doubles (29) and 1st in extra-base hits (37).

    RAYS AND THE ALL-STAR GAME—The 2015 AL and NL All-Star pitchers and reserves willl be unveiled on the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN tonight at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT…the Rays have had five different pitchers make the All-Star Team since 2010 and six since 2008…the Rays have had a starting pitcher named to the team in each of the last five seasons…only 3 other major league teams have a current streak as long: San Francisco 7 (2008-14) Lincecum, Bumgarner, Cain, Hudson, Vogelsong Seattle 6 (2009-14) Hernandez, Iwakuma, Lee, Pineda Detroit 6 (2009-14) Verlander, Scherzer, Jackson Tampa Bay 5 (2010-14) Price, Shields, Moore

    RAYS vs. ROYALS—Tonight is the first of 7 games between these two in 2015…Rays have lost 8 of their last 9 games here, the lone win a 1-0 deci- sion on April 8, 2014…through the first 14 years of this series (1998–2011), the Rays led the all-time series 65-48, their best mark vs. an AL opponent, but their 5-14 mark over the last three seasons (2012-14) is their worst mark vs. an AL foe…KC has outscored the Rays 104-52 over that stretch…the Rays have gone 11 games since they last had 10-plus hits in a game vs. the Royals on May 1, 2013…it’s also been 13 games since they last stole a base on Aug 22, 2012…KC has swiped 14 since then.

    AC IN KC—Asdrubal Cabrera has a .354 (86-for-243) career average at Kauffman Stadium, 2nd all-time among visiting players (min. 200 AB) be- hind Ichiro Suzuki (.370)…his 86 hits at KC are his 2nd most in any park behind his 462 at Progressive Field…he has 29 multi-hit games there… only 12 players all-time have had more, including only 4 active players…six others are in the Hall of Fame.

    SAME GUY, DIFFERENT UNIFORM—Tonight’s starter Edinson Volquez will start against the Rays for his fourth different team…he started against the Rays for Cincinnati (2011), San Diego (2013) and Pittsburgh (2014) and is 2-0 with a no decision…the all-time leader in that department against the Rays is Mark Redman, who made starts against the Rays for six different teams between 2000-06: KC, PIT, OAK, FLA, DET and MIN.

    TIGHT BUNCH IN THE A.L. EAST—The top four teams in the AL East are separated by only 2.0 games…the last time the top four teams in the AL East were this close on this date was 1983…all five teams are separated by only 6.0 games…since the current divisional format began in 1994, this is the tightest all five AL East teams have ever been on this date.

    RAYS ROOKIES—Tonight Alex Colome will make the Rays major-league- high 39th start by a Rays rookie this season…Rays rookies are a combined 15-14 with a 3.89 ERA (284.2-IP, 123-ER)…15 wins are also a major league high this season…the Rays have used a major-league-most 16 rookies, nine of those pitchers…Rays have six rookies on the current roster.

    WEB GEMS—SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 3B Evan Longoria have com- bined to make only 6 errors, fewest of any 3B-SS combo in the majors… Miami’s Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria are 2nd with 9…both Ca- brera and Longo are leading the major leagues in fielding pct. among their respective positions…Cabrera’s last error was May 24—that’s 36 games without one since…2B Logan Forsythe has made only 2 errors, matching the fewest among all major league second baseman with 60 or more starts. NEWS FROM THE INFIRMARY—After 6 rehab games at Class-A Char- lotte, 1B/OF/DH John Jaso (left wrist contusion) DH’d yesterday for Triple- A Durham and went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in the Bulls 8-5 loss to Norfolk (Orioles)…tonight RH Jake Odorizzi (left oblique strain) will make his sec- ond and what is expected to be his final rehab appearance…he will start for Charlotte at home vs. Palm Beach (Cardinals) at 7 p.m. (ET).

    ERASMO TOPS MAJORS SINCE MID-MAY—Erasmo Ramirez, acquired from the Seattle Mariners on March 31, earned his 7th win yesterday at NYY…since moving into the rotation for good on May 14, he is tied for the major league lead in wins with (with PIT Gerrit Cole)…he’s posted a 2.17 ERA (54-IP, 13-ER) and has held hitters to a .187 avg. …only one AL starter has been tougher to hit over that span: CWS Chris Sale at .170…only one other Rays pitcher has compiled 7 wins before the All-Star break in his first season after being acquired via trade: Matt Garza was 7-5 in 2008 after being acquired from the Twins in an offseason trade in 2007.

    First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. | Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO | TV: Sun Sports | Radio: WDAE 620 AM, WGES 680 AM (Spanish) Game No.: 85 (43-41) | Road Game No.: 37 (22-13) | All-Time Game No.: 2,837 (1,315-1,521) | All-Time Road Game No.: 1,414 (592-821)

    April: 12-10 | May: 14-15 | June: 16-12 | July: 1-4

    Upcoming Games Opp. Time TV Rays Starting Pitcher Opp. Starting Pitche Tue., July 7 @KC 8:10 p.m. Sun Sports LH Matt Moore (0-0, 7.71) RH Chris Young (7-4, 2.64) Wed., July 8 @KC 8:10 p.m. Sun Sports RH Chris Archer (9-5, 2.18) RH Jeremy Guthrie (6-5, 5.42) Thu., July 9 @KC 2:10 p.m. Sun Sports RH Nathan Karns (4-4, 3.21) RH Yordano Ventura (3-6, 4.68)

    **All games broadcast on WDAE 620 AM; Sat and Sun games will be broadcast in Spanish on WGES 680 AM. All times Eastern