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Rays vs. Twins, with Zobrist at first



UPDATE, 6:31: Manager Joe Maddon said Pena has progressed enough that it's possible he could pinch-hit on Thursday (and presumably Friday) and return to the lineup Saturday in Toronto.

UPDATE, 4:27: Pena said his foot is feeling better, still a matter of dealing with pain, confident he won't go on DL but uncertain on return. "Perfect example of day to day," he said.

UPDATE, 3:37: Ben Zobrist returns to the Rays lineup tonight, leading off and playing first. Also of note, regular 1B Carlos Pena is on the field with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield taking throws at first base, testing his sore right foot.

Here is the full lineup:
Zobrist 1b
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Johnson dh
Jaso c
Upton cf
Rodriguez 2b
Bartlett ss
Price p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to make it three in a row against the Twins and hang on to their lead in the AL East tonight, with LHP David Price on the mound going for his team record 15th win.

Ben Zobrist is expected to return to the Rays lineup tonight at first base, having been sidelined a week with a stiff back, but nothing official yet. It will also be a big day for 1B Carlos Pena, as the Rays try to get a better sense of whether the torn plantar fascia ligament in his right foot will require him to go on the DL, or return this weekend in Toronto.

The Twins lineup includes Joe Mauer, though at DH again, with UCF product Drew Butera, son of former major-leaguer Sal, behind the plate.

For the Twins:
Span cf
Casilla 2b
Mauer dh
Young lf
Cuddyer 1b
Valencia 3b
Repko rf
Hardy ss
Butera c
Baker p


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