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For starters, Rays (ss) at Twins

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March

Update 4:06 p.m. The Rays beat the Twins 1-0, with some great baserunning in a two-out, ninth inning rally. Hak Ju-Lee walked, stole second and - with a good secondary lead - hustled to score on an infield error. "Excellent baserunning," bench coach Dave Martinez. "That wins ballgames." 

*The Rays did have minor injury news, with INF Sean Rodriguez being taken out of the game for precautionary reasons due to a sprained left index finger, suffered when trying to make a tag on a stolen base attempt.

*There was some good pitching, with RHP Chris Archer throwing two scoreless innings, getting himself out of a tough jam in the first to retire Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.

*LHP Jake McGee looked - and felt - good in his first exhibition appearance, throwing a scoreless inning and striking out Mauer with his improved slider.

Update 11:43 a.m. The Rays will face several of the Twins regulars today here at Hammond Stadium, including C Joe Mauer and 1B Justin Morneau.

Twins lineup
CF Denard Span
lf Trevor Plouffe
C Joe Mauer
1b Justin Morneau
dh Josh Willingham
3b Danny Valencia
rf Ryan Doumit
ss Brian Dozier
2b Ray Chang
LHP Francisco Liriano
 

Developing: The Rays have two games today, one at Fort Myers against the Twins with prospect RHP Chris Archer on the mound.

LHP Jake McGee, struck on the elbow by a ball while watching batting practice, makes his game debut.

Here is the lineup posted in the clubhouse:
Jennings lf
Johnson 2b
S. Rodriguez ss
Pena 1b
Gimenez 3b
Coon rf
Vogt c
Feliciano cf
Ashley dh
Archer p
 

[Last modified: Saturday, April 7, 2012 12:40am]

    

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