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UPDATE. 1:53: J.P. Howell looked good during and felt good after a 34-pitch batting practice session, saying it went "very, very well.'' Manager Joe Maddon said he thought Howell looked "kinda normal.'' Howell will throw another BP on Tuesday, then head out on a minor-league rehab with a plan to complete his recovery from shoulder surgery and get back to the big leagues in mid-May. As he threw today, more than a dozen players came out of the clubhous to watch, a sign of how much they miss and care for him. .. Maddon stuck with Matt Joyce in the No. 3 spot, saying he liked the confidence Joyce is showing.

Twins lineup, without Mauer and Thome:
Span cf
Hughes 2b
Young lf
Morneau dh
Kubel rf
Cuddyer 1b
Valencia 3b
Holm c
Casilla ss
Baker p





. "Very, very goKinda normal,''

UPDATE, 12:52: Rays lineup, with Casey Kotchman getting a start at first:
 Fuld lf
Damon dh
Joyce rf
Lopez 3b
Zobrist 2b
Upton cf
Kotchman 1b
Jaso c
Brignac ss
Niemann p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to stretch their winning streak to five today in a Fox game against the Twins that will be seen in 19 percent of the country.

RHP Jeff Niemann will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking his first win.

There will be some news before the game as LHP J.P. Howell throws the second of his three scheduled batting practice sessions, the late step in his recovery from shoulder surgery before heading out on a rehab assignment. Also 3B Evan Longoria, recovering from his oblique strain, will be presented his 2010 Gold Glove award.


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