The Kansas City Royals want to continue their strong home stand as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of a 3-game stint. Last night, Omar Infante was hit in the jaw by a Heath Bell fastball. He is not on the DL as of yet, and no replacement has been called up from the minors.
WHO: Tampa Bay Rays (4-4) @ Kansas City Royals (3-3)
WHERE: Kauffman Stadium
WHEN: Monday, April 8th – 7:10, CDT
TELEVISION: Fox Sports Kansas City
LIVE STREAM: MLB.TV (paid service)
If you are stuck at work, or away from your television, or out of area, we have you covered. You can catch the Kansas City Royals against the Chicago White Sox at MLB.TV. This is a paid service, but you live out of area, it is a great way to catch Royals action all season long.
PITCHING MATCH UP
Royals fans finally get their first glimpse of the season of rookie Yordano Ventura after his first start was rained out last week in Detroit. Ventura, who made 3 starts in September in 2013, has everyone in Kansas City excited to see what he can do. He will match up against Chris Archer, who won his first outing of the season, giving up 2 runs in 6 innings of work.
The Royals starting pitching is third in the AL with a 2.23 ERA, and they have the second lowest average of Walks Per 9 Innings – 1.56.
Kansas City is the only team in the majors with out a home run.
Royals hitters have only struck out 13.6% of the time, the e best mark in the American League. They walk 10% of the time, good for 6th in the AL.
(Note – Stats courtesy of Fangraphs.com.)