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Royals Vs. Rays: Kansas City Tries To Stay Hot

A weekend sweep of the White Sox saw the Royals move into third place in the AL Central. Kansas City will look to keep their strong play going as they head out on a seven-game East Coast road trip, beginning in Tampa Bay.

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15: Will Smith #53 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning on August 15, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15: Will Smith #53 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning on August 15, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals are starting to gain some momentum, posting a stunning three-game sweep of the first-place Chicago White Sox over the weekend that moved Kansas City past the free-falling Cleveland Indians into third place in the American League Central.

Kansas City will look to stay hot as they begin a seven-game East Coast road trip in Tampa Bay, where they'll start a three-game set Monday against another team fighting for the playoffs in the Rays. The road trip continues on Thursday when Kansas City will begin a four-game series in Boston against the Red Sox.

Probable Starting Pitchers:

Monday: Will Smith (4-4, 5.09) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (7-8, 3.39) 6:10pm CT

Tuesday: Luke Hochevar (7-11, 5.24) vs. David Price (16-4, 2.39) 6:10pm CT

Wednesday: Luis Mendoza (7-8, 4.26) vs. James Shields (11-7, 4.03) 12:10pm CT

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