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Monday, August 26th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (74-54) at Kansas City Royals (65-64), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 5.01) Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (12-10, 4.27)

(Sports Network) - Wil Myers and the Tampa Bay Rays will make a pit stop at Kauffman Stadium on Monday afternoon to play a makeup game with the Kansas City Royals.

The makeup date is from a May 2 scheduled game that was snowed out.

The Rays have won eight of their last 11 games but are coming off Sunday's 3-2 setback to the New York Yankees in 11 innings. Evan Longoria, who is batting .395 over his last 43 at-bats, tied up Sunday's game with a sixth-inning home run but the Rays were simply unable to capitalize in the latter stages.

Although Tampa Bay is positioning itself for a postseason push, Myers is the key storyline on Monday as he faces the team that selected him in the third round of the 2009 draft.

The 22-year-old outfielder, a former top prospect in the Royals organization, was part of the James Shield trade back in December. He has certainly lived up to expectations since being called up from the minors in June, hitting .302 with nine homers and 39 RBI.

"Now, I'll have a big league game there," Myers said. "I'm excited to play in Kansas City. I really want to win. That's the biggest thing."

Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak with Sunday's 6-4 triumph over the Washington Nationals. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Royals rallied to plate two runs. Salvador Perez drove in the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded single after he previously homered during a four-run first inning.

Jeremy Guthrie gets the start for Kansas City, and he is winless in his last three starts with a 6.63 ERA and 32 hits allowed in that span. Most recently, the right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings against the Chicago White Sox.

Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson has also struggled of late, posting an 8.06 ERA and a 0-4 mark over his last five starts. The right-hander failed to make it out of the fifth inning in all but one of those starts. Against Baltimore this past Wednesday, Hellickson served up a pair of home runs and left after giving up four urns in 4 1/3 innings.

"I think (command) is the main thing with all three of my pitches right now. They're just too inconsistent to be effective," Hellickson said. "I've got to get back to getting ahead and throwing strikes with all three of them, getting quicker outs and going deeper into the game."

The Royals have won five of six head-to-head meetings with Tampa Bay this season and they have doubled up the Rays in the runs column, 42-21.

08/26 10:42:43 ET

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ORL 100
MIL 115
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IND 103
NYK 82
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DEN 69
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LAL 76
CHI 67
 
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MSU 71
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ARMY 71
BU 67
 
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BRY 68
 
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MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
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LIU 67
CCST 55
 
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TOWS 74
COC 70
 
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UMASS 66
DAY 64
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FUR 59
ETST 55
 
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ODU 71
FIU 56
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RMU 87
FD 65
 
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CHAR 86
FATL 61
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LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
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UNF 86
KNST 67
 
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FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
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OSU 80
MD 56
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Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
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STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
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WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
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GMAS 68
STLU 60
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JVU 65
USCU 78
 
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VMI 70
WCU 85
 
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LATU 69
WKENT 56
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UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
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DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
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GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
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TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
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GHND 64
HC 54
 
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CIN 70
UCONN 58
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NDST 61
DEN 54
 
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SD 55
MAST 66
 
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UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
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BEL 103
JVST 82
 
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SMISS 54
MARS 69
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TXSA 69
MTST 58
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PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
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SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
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TENST 64
TENT 56
 
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NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
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SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
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ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
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TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
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TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
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MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
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NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
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MIZZ 53
KENT 69
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GONZ 64
PORT 46
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UTEP 71
UAB 69
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GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
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WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
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USC 83
COL 81
 
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UCI 67
CPSL 57
 
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CSNO 73
HAW 84
 
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PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 65
SCU 60
 
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UCD 70
UCSB 64
 
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UCLA 69
UTAH 59
 
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PORST 54
MONT 73
 
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SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
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CSFU 61
LBSU 55
 
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GAELS 60
LMU 48
 
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WASU 37
CAL 39
 
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BYU 34
USF 30
 
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NYI 2
BOS 5
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NYR 0
MON 1
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PHI 5
WIN 2
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TOR 1
ARI 3
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FLA 3
CLB 2
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TAM 5
DET 1
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STL 5
NAS 4
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CAL 0
MIN 1
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EDM 3
BUF 2
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SJS 6
ANA 2
 
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NAS
 
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