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For starters, Rays at Twins and the new Target Field

2twins-15.21.51.jpgUpdate 4:35 p.m. CF B.J. Upton won't start for the third straight game, as his sore right quad is not quite ready. He did say it feels a lot better than he thought it would today, as he tested it running before the game.


Upton said he's available to pinch-hit today, and hopes to be back tommorrow. Ben Zobrist will start in center in his place, and Carl Crawford is back in left.

"It's no biggie," Upton said. "I think it's better this way than to be two weeks or a month or so. We're making progress."

Rays lineup
Zobrist cf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Joyce rf
Jaso c
Aybar dh
Rodriguez 2b
Bartlett ss
Niemann rhp

Twins lineup
Span cf
Hudson 2b
Mauer c
Morneau 1b
Kubel rf
Cuddyer 3b
Thome dh
Young lf
Punto ss
Pavano rhp

Developing: The Rays are here at the new Target Field in Minneapolis, a beautiful new stadium downtown.

Coming off a big win at Fenway Park, Tampa Bay closed out a rough June but is looking forward to getting July started off right. The Rays will have a tough test against the first-place Twins, who play very well at home (25-14).

Right-hander Jeff Niemann, one of the team's most consistent starters the past two seasons, will be on the mound, going for his seventh win. Twins right-hander Carl Pavano has a hot streak going of his own, having won four straight starts, including back-to-back complete games.


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