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By EDUARDO A. ENCINA
Published June 1, 2007
Did you know?
The complete-game victory by James Shields, right, on Wednesday was the first by a Rays right-handed pitcher since Rob Bell won Oct. 1, 2004, at Detroit. (LHP Scott Kazmir had the last one, July 3.)
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OF Elijah Dukes' fifth-inning homer Wednesday was his sixth in his past 14 games and was his seventh in May, setting a team record for homers in a month by a Rays rookie.
Numbers of the day
19-10 Rays' record in games decided by two or fewer runs
3-19 Rays' record in games decided by three or more runs
6.35 Scott Kazmir's career ERA against the Royals, the second highest against an AL opponent (Angels, 8.53)
.500 Akinori Iwamura's batting average (5-for-10) in the three games since returning to the team from an oblique injury.
Tonight: Rays vs. Royals
When/where: 7:10; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Ch. 66; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Probable pitchers: Rays - Scott Kazmir (3-2, 3.95); Royals - Brian Bannister (0-3, 4.54)
Rays tickets: $8-$210. Available at Tropicana Field box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, devilrays.com.
Rays info: (727) 825-3250
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Home cooking: Kazmir's victory in his outing Sunday in Chicago was just his third win in his past 17 starts dating to July. All three have come on the road. Despite that, Kazmir has a 3.31 ERA in six starts at home and a 4.59 mark in five road starts.
Losing ways: The Royals are 1-5 in games started by Bannister, who has lasted seven or more innings just once in six starts.
Tough on lefties: Despite batting just .200 overall this season, Royals OF Emil Brown is hitting .313 against left-handed pitchers (15-for-48).