For starters, Rays vs. Twins

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Update 5:48 p.m. New Ray 1B/OF Brandon Allen was excited to join the club Saturday, and while he's unsure of the role he'll play, he's ready to do whatever he can.

"Down for a while, it was good to get on a flight and knowing I was going somewhere," Allen said. "It's obviously a great team to be around, a great clubhouse to be in, just from the perspective of being here. Whatever comes, I'm happy to be here."

Allen was the A's Opening Day first baseman, but was designated for assignment after playing in just three games (seven at-bats). The Rays claimed him off waivers Thursday. Manager Joe Maddon said they haven't determined how they'll slot in Allen, but with the pop he has in his bat, he could be a pinch-hitter. Allen said he's comfortable in the outfield, but can also play first base, or fill in at DH.

"I guess people know me for power, but I want to be more than that," Allen said. "And hopefully the guys here can turn me into a complete player."

*Manager Joe Maddon said the lineup tonight is what they'll likely stick with against righthanders, liking how Ben Zobrist has got on base in the two-hole.

UPDATE, 3:51: Rays lineup, much like Friday's:
Jennings lf
Zobrist 2b
Pena 1b
Longoria 3b
Scott dh
Joyce rf
Upton cf
Molina c
S-Rod ss
Shields p

BREAKING: The Rays, having lost a two-run lead in last night's loss, will try to bounce back against the Twins tonight at Tropicana Field.

They'll get a boost on the mound with RHP James Shields, who will have a tough time topping his last outing, when he threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox.

1B/OF Brandon Allen, claimed off waivers from the A's Thursday, is expected to join the Rays today and wear No. 19. The Rays like the pop in his bat, and he could get some time as a pinch-hitter too.

The Twins are starting veteran RHP Carl Pavano.

Lineups and more to come...

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

[Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 12:40am]

    

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