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For starters: Rays at Twins, with a change in Minn. starter

Matt Moore will start for the Rays.

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Matt Moore will start for the Rays.

UPDATE, 6:52: Asked about team leadership in light of criticism by TV analyst Brian Anderson, both Cash and veteran 3B Evan Longoria said the Rays have the necessary leadership in place and there are no concerns. ... Pearce said his rigth elbow is getting better but he stills feel something so he will be limited to bench duty again tonight: "Want to get this knocked out.'' ... Cash said Jennings being out of the lineup had nothing to do with his seemingly lackadaisical play last night. ... 2B Logan Forsythe advanced to taking swings off a tee to tossed balls today, eyeing a mid-June return from his left shoulder fracture.

Here is the Twins lineup:
Nunez ss,
Mauer 1b,
Dozier 2b,
Plouffe 3b,
Grossman lf,
Park DH,
Kepler RF,
Suzuki c,
Buxton cf,
Hughes p

UPDATE, 4:53: Rays lineup:
Guyer rf,
Miller ss,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza dh,
Dickerson lf,
Mahtook cf,
Motter 2b,
Casali c,
Moore p


DEVELOPING: Having been swept out of Kansas City, the Rays hope to break out of their struggles as they open a four-game series with the Twins in a matchup of the worst two teams in the American League.

The Rays appeared to get a break before they even made it to Target Field today as the Twins announced that scheduled starter Kyle Gibson would not be able to pitch due to back stiffness and that veteran Phil Hughes, who had been relegated to the bullpen, would make the start.

The Twins, who are without sluggers Miguel Sano and OF Danny Santana, have only 15 wins. The Rays have 22.

Lineups when available.


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