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For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip

UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it was a combination of wanting to keep Dickerson, who is a team-best . 358 against lefties, in the lineup and Santiago's splits. ... Cash said there was nothing new on the injured players back at the Trop, with Brad Boxberger still slated to throw live BP on Monday in Port Charlotte, Wilson Ramos to catch and Matt Duffy and Brad Miller to hit.

UPDATE, 5:45: And here is the Twins lineup:
Dozier 2b
Mauer 1b
Sano 3b
Kepler rf
Vargas dh
Polanco ss
Rosario lf
Buxton cf
Castro c
Santiago p

UPDATE, 4:11: Interesting that Bourjos is not in lineup vs. LHP Santiago and lefty swinger Dickerson is, but Twins LH starter Hector Santiago has allowed a .500 average (13-for-26) to lefties, but .210 (35-for-167) to righties.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Beckham ss,
Dickerson lf,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Kiermaier cf,
Weeks dh,
Norris c,
Robertson 2b,
Archer p

DEVELOPING: After spliting the four-game series with the Angels to log a winning homestand and get back to .500 at 25-25, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day, country-crossing road trip against the surprising Twins.

The Twins are leading the AL Central with an impressive 25-18 record, though they have not played particularly well at home, just 11-13 at Target Field. And the Rays are 19-7 at Target Field, their best record in any AL park.

The Rays will have top starter RHP Chris Archer on the mound, the Twins starting LHP Hector Santiago.

Archer is coming off a solid though unsuccessful start against the Yankees striking out a season-high 12; he is 5-1, 1.73 in six starts against the Twins.

One note of concern for the Rays - they are 5-10 vs. lefties compared to 20-15 vs. righty starters.

After facing the Twins, the Rays go on to Texas and Seattle.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Friday, May 26, 2017 6:37pm]


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