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For starters: Rays at Twins, looking to build

The Rays will have rookie RHP Chris Archer on the mound, hoping he can work deeper into the game than his last two starts

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

The Rays will have rookie RHP Chris Archer on the mound, hoping he can work deeper into the game than his last two starts

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September

UPDATE, 5:57: RHP Jesse Crain had another solid bullpen session today, throwing 35 pitches, plus 15 more breaking balls at a shorter distance, and will face hitters in a BP/simulated game on Monday at the Trop, with the possibility he could be ready for game action by midweek.

UPDATE, 5:49: Jose Molina is back with the Rays, saying his mom is doing well after surgery in St. Louis for a bacterial infection, and is in the lineup. So is Kelly Johnson, at DH ahead of Matt Joyce and Luke Scott.

Rays lineup:
DeJesus lf
Zobrist 2b
Loney 1b
Longoria 3b
Johnson dh
Myers rf
Jennings cf
Molina c
Escobar ss
Archer p

Twins lineup:

Presley cf
Pinto c
Dozier 2b
Arcia dh
Plouffe 3b
Parmalee 1b
Mastroianni lf
Thomas rf
Escobar ss
Correia p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are in Minnesota tonight to open a three-game series with the Twins looking to build on the momentum from last night's win over the Red Sox.

The Rays felt they finally got a much-needed and long-awaited break last night when Wil Myers' eight-inning liner to left dropped just inside the foul line, scoring Evan Longoria with the go-ahead run.

Now the task is to carry that over as the face the Twins, who are without their two marquee players, with Joe Mauer sidelined with a concussion and Justin Morneau traded to the Pirates.

The Rays will have rookie RHP Chris Archer on the mound, hoping he can work deeper into the game than his last two starts, but also concerned about his workload as this is first significant September action. The Twins are starting veteran Kevin Correia.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 5:56pm]

    

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