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For starters: Rays vs. Twins, facing Fuld

Outfielder Sam Fuld, a fan favorite during three seasons with the Rays, is batting ninth and playing centerfield in what will be his Twins debut.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Outfielder Sam Fuld, a fan favorite during three seasons with the Rays, is batting ninth and playing centerfield in what will be his Twins debut.

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UPDATE, 5:25: Rays manager Joe Maddon said the reason he doesn't have OF David DeJesus in the lineup tonight against Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey is because he had such a big game on Tuesday, the thinking being that Pelfrey is tougher on lefty batters and Maddon doesn't want to retard the progress DeJesus made.

And the reason he has Ben Zobrist in LF and Logan Forsythe at 2B is that he considers starter RHP Jake Odorizzi more of a fly ball pitcher and that Zobrist is the better defender.

Maddon also said that one solution to Tuesday's instant replay fiasco on Yunel Escobar's at-bat would be to adjust the stats line so that Escobar is given a walk - which he should have had, as the replay umpires acknowledged after the game - and have the strikeout taken away.

Maddon said there is always the expectation that Fuld will do something special.

Also, Maddon said LH Erik Bedard is not pitching for his job when he takes the mound Thursday.

Two stat notes:

The Rays go into play today tied for last in the majors with 5 steals, matching the Mariners and Nats.

Also, the Rays  have doubled in all 20 games, the only team to do so. The AL record for games with a double to start the season is 28, shared by the '06 Indians and '12 Royals.

 

UPDATE, 3:27: Jennings is in Rays lineup again, and Zobrist is in left.

Rays lineup:
Zobrist lf
Jennings cf
Joyce dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Forsythe 2b
Escobar ss
Hanigan c
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: The Rays and Twins are prepping for the second game of their series, and there is a familiar face in the Minnesota lineup.

OF Sam Fuld, a fan favorite during three seasons with the Rays, is batting ninth and playing centerfield in what will be his Twins debut after being picked up on waivers.

The Rays are starting RH Jake Odorizzi, the Twins RH Mike Pelfrey.

Here is the Twins lineup:
Dozier 2b
Mauer 1b
Plouffe 3b
Colabello dh
Kubel lf
Pinto c
Herrmann rf
Escobar ss
Fuld cf
Pelfrey p

 

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