Since Evan Longoria returned to the lineup, the team has gone 11-2 and outscored its opponents, 80-34. With Longoria in the lineup this season, the team averages 5.17 runs per game, compared with 3.86 runs without him.
Monday starts "American Legion" Week for the team, meaning that pregame batting practice will be optional.
Tampa Bay was swept the last time it faced Kansas City. The club has an 11-16 mark against the American League Central, the worst in the league.
Jeff Niemann made his first start with Triple-A Durham after a pair with Class A Charlotte. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits and striking out three.