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UPDATE, 4:04: Rays lose 3-2. Maddon was pleased about a lot of things, that Pena hit an opposite field homer, that Percival looked good again, and that Garza was so sharp. "A well-played game,'' he said. "They just beat us by a point.''

UPDATE, 3;18: Carlos Pena hit his first homer of the spring, an opposite field shot to left in the eighth inning, to cut the lead to 3-2.

UPDATE, 3:06: Garza is done after six innings, having allowed three runs on eight hits, one walk and a hit batter, and struck out five.

UPDATE, 2:53: Twins loaded the bases off Garza in the sixth and made it 3-0 with a single and a sac fly to right.

UPDATE, 2:18: Rays aren't doing much against Perkins, with just four hits and no runs through five innings. Twins lead 1-0.

UPDATE, 1:53: The Twins just took a 1-0 lead in their first game against former teammate Matt Garza as Nick Punto singled, went to third on Denard Span's single and scored on Alexi Casilla's sac fly.

UPDATE, 1:48: Not much action in the early innings as both Rays starter Matt Garza and Twins starter Glen Perkins have looked good. The Rays had a chance for a run in the second, but Carlos Pena was thrown out trying to tag up on Dioner Navarro's fly to right.

UPDATE, 12:20: Manager Joe Maddon indicated the Rays will wait until Wednesday to make remaining roster moves and decisions, such as the No. 5 starter and whether Matt Joyce will get the extra outfield spot until B.J. Upton is ready. Team officials will meet Monday night to review their options.

UPDATE, 10:27: The Twins are using most of their regulars too, including ex-Ray Delmon Young.

Span, cf
Casilla, 2b
Cuddyer, rf
Morneau, 1b
Kubel, dh
Young, lf
Crede, 3b
Morales, c
Punto, ss
Perkins, p

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The Rays are getting ready for the first of back-to-back trips to Fort Myers, with today's game against the Twins.

RH Matt Garza will pitch against his former team, and the Rays are bringing many of their projected starters.

There will be action too in Port Charlotte, too, with RHP Jeff Niemann and CF B.J. Upton scheduled to play in a minor league intrasquad game.

Iwamura, 2b
Crawford, lf
Longoria, 3b
Pena, 1b
Burrell, dh
Navarro, C
Zobrist, rf
Kapler, cf
Garza, p


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