• Reliever Brandon Gomes (right lat strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session at Tropicana Field on Sunday. Gomes would need to pitch in the bullpen a few more times before beginning a Minor League rehab assignment, which Maddon said would last a week to 10 days, at the longest. Gomes told Maddon on Friday that he felt 100 percent physically.
"He's good. This guy probably had the best Spring Training out of all relief pitchers. We've kind of missed him a little bit, I think," Maddon said. "He adds a lot not only on the mound, but what he does in the clubhouse, too. So it's going to be good to get him back."
• Over the last six games entering Saturday, the Rays' starters have allowed 33 runs (32 earned) in 31 innings, the most runs they've allowed over a six-game stretch since July 21-27, 2007.
• The Rays lost four straight games to the Royals -- following Friday's 7-2 defeat -- for the first time since April 26, 2001-Aug. 9, 2002, when they lost five straight. The last time Tampa Bay dropped at least four straight to an opponent while allowing seven runs or more in each setback was May 2-June 3, 2008, against Boston.
• The Rays sent four players from the Charlotte Stone Crabs to the Class A Florida State League All-Star Game on Saturday night in Dunedin, Fla.: Right-hander Jesse Hahn, left-hander Ryan Carpenter, shortstop Jake Hager and catcher Curt Casali. The Rays will be represented by a club-record nine players from the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Tuesday's Midwest League All-Star Game.
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