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For starters, Rays at Twins in a holiday matinee

UPDATE, 1:11: The Rays were planning on playing Zobrist, but he has a head cold and has been feeling tired the last few days so Maddon said it was "a no-brainer" to give him the day off. And that allowed Matt Joyce to be in the lineup. ... Joyce and Shields were working on their plans for the All-Star Game, finalizing who was coming and how they were getting there. (David Price likely was too, but starting pitchers don't do do interviews before the game.) ... The other interesting topic of pre-game conversation was the weather, specifically how much better it was than when the Rays were here in April and got rained out one day and had snow anotjer. At the time, the Rays didn't like the idea of making up the game with a double-header, preferring to play it this series. But since they swept the DH then, and wouldn't want to disrupt their pitching plans in advance of a four-game series in New York, this worked out much better. ... Maddon said they were working on their post-All-Star break rotation, and that depending on how David Price is used in the All-Star Game it was still possible he and Shields could work the first two games vs. Boston.

UPDATE, 11:50: Longoria is back in the lineup, though Zobrist is out.
The lineup:
Damon dh
Rodriguez 2b
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Ruggiano lf
Kotchman 1b
Shoppach c
Joyce rf
Johnson ss
Price p

DEVELOPING:  The Rays are in Minnesota for a splendid-looking July 4 matinee.

The Rays are on a bit of a roll after winning two in a row over the Cardinals, and will sent All-Star LHP David Price to the mound today in a matchup with Twins lefty Brian Duensing.

3B Evan Longoria is expected to be back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday's game to rest from what manager Joe Maddon described as a series of bumps and bruises.

The Rays have played well against the Twins, with a 6-1 record so far this season.


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:15am]


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