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Probable Pitchers

Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Matt Moore, LHP
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The left-hander allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Indians in his return from Tommy John surgery. He is 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.

Chris Young, RHP
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In each of Young's four losses, the Royals' offense supported him with no more than two runs -- none in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Twins. While he carries his share of the blame, Young needs help returning to the starter who began the season 4-0.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Matt Andriese, RHP
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The Rays are recalling Andriese -- without making a corresponding move -- by virtue of the 26-player expanded roster rule for doubleheaders. Andriese's last stint ended with a bang when he held Boston scoreless on one hit over six innings on June 27.

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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The Royals have won 11 of 16 games with Volquez starting on the mound, including six of eight at home. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in three career games against the Rays.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Chris Archer, RHP
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Archer's fastball ranges from 95-98 mph and he's locating the pitch well. That has made his slider even more effective. Approximately 40 percent of Archer's pitches this season have been sliders, and the pitch is one of the best in baseball.

Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
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Back-to-back strong starts saw Guthrie hold opponents to no more than two runs apiece. He lasted at least six innings in each before giving the ball to the Royals' capable bullpen. He is 9-11 with a 3.97 ERA in 24 career appearances against the Rays.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Nathan Karns, RHP
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Karns got off to a rough start Saturday when the Yankees scored twice in the first, but he settled into a nice rhythm and delivered his third consecutive quality start while striking out a career-high 10.

Yordano Ventura, RHP
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Ventura skipped his last rehab assignment and returns for his first start since June 12, during which he injured his arm. The team's Opening Day starter hasn't won a start since May 19, though, with a 4.68 ERA.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Marco Estrada, RHP
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Estrada bounced back from a rough outing against Boston to surrender two runs over five innings against the Tigers in his last start. Estrada has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts but has never faced the Royals in his career.

Danny Duffy, LHP
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Duffy has thrown into the seventh inning in two of his three starts since returning from the DL, with 11 strikeouts and just five walks. He is 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA in three career games against the Blue Jays.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
To Be Announced

Joe Blanton, RHP
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While Yordano Ventura's return otherwise would have sent Blanton back to the bullpen, Monday's rainout turned Tuesday into a doubleheader and called for Blanton to make a spot start. He has allowed nine runs over 7 2/3 innings in his past two starts.

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