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For starters: Miller works out at 1B, Wilson returns, lineups vs. Twins

Brad Miller worked at first base this afternoon with bench coach Tom Foley.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Brad Miller worked at first base this afternoon with bench coach Tom Foley.

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Brad Miller will serve as the DH tonight, perhaps beginning his transition across the diamond from shortstop to first base.

Tim Beckham is at short when the Rays open a three-game series against the Twins.

Matt Duffy, acquired earlier this week from the Giants in the trade for Matt Moore, is currently rehabbing his injured Achilles tendon at Class A Charlotte. When healthy, he will join the Rays – most likely next weekend in New York – and assume the shortstop job.

Miller has not hid his displeasure about losing his job. He also indicated he wasn’t expecting to work out at first base before games when he’s scheduled to start at shortstop.

He worked at first base this afternoon with bench coach Tom Foley. Manager Kevin Cash said there is no timetable for when Miller moves to first, but Foley expects it to be a quick transition.

As the Rays turn …

Catcher Bobby Wilson rejoined the team after being claimed Thursday off waivers.

Wilson, who played with the Tigers and Rangers this season, said he is glad to return to his hometown. Wilson grew up in Seminole. He was with the Rays during the first half of last season.

LF Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup for the third straight game because of soreness in his left knee sustained when he fouled a ball off it Tuesday. Cash said he does not believe it will be a long-term issue, though it is the knee that he injured twice last season.

The Rays need to win one game during this series to clinch their first winning homestand of the season.

Here are the lineups:

 

TWINS

Dozier 2B

Mauer 1B

Kepler RF

Sano DH

Suzuki C

Grossman LF

Escobar SS

Polanco 3B

Buxton CF

Santana RHP (4-9, 3.66)

 

RAYS

Forsythe 2B

Kiermaier CF

Longoria 3B

Miller DH

Franklin 1B

Dickerson LF

Souza RF

Beckham SS

Maile C

 

Snell LHP (3-4, 3.08)

[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2016 5:18pm]

    

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