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For starters: Rays vs. Twins, a 5-3 loss



UPDATE, 4:42: The Rays lost for the second straight day, a 5-3 decision to the Twins. Manager Joe Maddon said he was pleased with the overall play, noting four of the Twins runs came on two-run homers. Maddon singled out LHP J.P. Howell for his crisp 1-2-3 inning and said nothing was wrong with OF Matt Joyce when he was lifted for a pinch-runner, it was just a matter of giving him rest after starting him for a second consecutive day. With so many players sidelined with minor issues, the Rays needed Joyce to meet MLB rules regarding the number of frontline players in a spring lineup.

UPDATE, 3:46: The Twins took a 5-3 lead in the ninth when J.R. Towles hit a 2-run homer off Josh Lueke.

UPDATE, 3:30: Hellickson said he felt fine and all went well, and that he threw a few cutters, a pitch he is planning to incorporate more this season.

UPDATE, 2:00: Rodney gives up a run on a couple of singles with a wild pitch in between, the Rays get it back when Matt Joyce single in Sean Rodriguez, making it 1-1 in the third.

UPDATE, 1:40: Fernando Rodney making his Rays debut in the third.

UPDATE, 1:31: Hellickson worked two innings for the Rays, throwing 22 pitches, allowing one hit.

UPDATE, 1:06:  Today's game is on 620-AM radio. Check back here for news updates, and also follow along on Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays .

BREAKING: It's wet, windy and chilly this morning in Port Charlotte, but the skies are expected to clear and the Rays should be set for their home spring opener.

The lineup, however, includes only a few familiar faces, in addition to AL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson.

For the Rays:
Rhymes 3b
S. Rodriguez ss
Joyce rf
Keppinger 2b
Mangini 1b
Lobaton c
Salazar cf
Beckham dh
Feliciano lf
Hellickson p

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:40am]


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