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For starters, Rays at Twins, seeking a six-pack



UPDATE, 1:24: Maddon said Longoria again felt good so he kept him in the lineup, but acknowledged that Monday could be more of an issue after the long flight to Seattle. And the lineup decision basically came down to Joyce or Rodriguez, and Maddon said it was a dual decision - wanting to keep Joyce, who has been hitting so well vs. RHPs away from a LHP, and to give Rodriguez, who has looked good in BP, a chance. It sounds like the Zobrist-shortstop "experiment" will continue on Monday. ... Maddon didn't have much of a report on Luke Scott, who made his first rehab appearance last night for Charlotte and is supposed to play again today and be re-evaluated Monday.

BREAKING: The Rays are set to take on the Twins this afternoon - weather permitting - seeking to extend their winning streak to a season-high matching six games and maintain their hold on one of the two AL wild-card spots.

And they will have James Shields, who has been dominant his last two starts, on the mound and Evan Longoria in the lineup at DH.

The Rays start the day at the top of the wild-card standings with Oakland at 61-52, though they say they are focused on closing on the six-game gap between them and the Yankees.

The tarp has been on the field since last night, though the forecast seems to only call for intermittent showers.

Facing Twins LHP Scott Diamond, manager Joe Maddon gave lefty-swinging OF Matt Joyce the day off but stuck with 1B Carlos Pena.

Here is the full Rays lineup:

Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Zobrist rf,
Longoria DH,
Keppinger 3b,
Pena 1b,
Roberts 2b,
S-Rod ss,
Lobaton c,
Shields p

And the Twins lineup:
Span cf
Revere rf
Mauer c
Willingham dh
Morneau 1b
Doumit lf
Casilla 2b
Dozier ss
Carroll 3b
Diamond p


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