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2130441 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-07-08 18:55:24.0 UTC 2013-07-08T14:55:24.000-04:00 true for-starters-rays-vs-twins published 2013-07-08 21:44:32.0 UTC 2013-07-08T17:44:32.000-04:00 UPDATE, 5:45: Maddon said of dropping Joyce down and moving Scott up: "This is the time to take a little bit of heat off (Joyce) and put a little bit more heat on Luke. ... Maddon said he hadn't heard anything from MLB yet but believes LHP Matt Moore has a good chance to be named to the AL All-Star team as a replacement. ... Maddon said he'll watch cF Desmond Jennigs closely but given how well he's going won't necessarily rest him before the break. UPDATE, 3:37: Rays lineup, with hot-swinging DH Luke Scott moved up to 2nd spot; Jennings cf Scott dh Zobrist 2b Longoria 3b Loney 1b Myers rf Joyce lf Molina c Escobar ss Hernandez p Twins lineup: Dozier 2b Mauer c Doumit dh Morneau 1b Plouffe 3b Arcia lf Parmalee rf Hicks cf Florimon ss Deduno p DEVELOPING: After sweeping a three-game weekend series from the White Sox, the Rays tonight open a four-game series with the Twins. RHP Roberto Hernandez, coming off a pair of "quality' starts but also on a four-game losing streak, starts for the Rays. The Twins are starting RHP Samuel Deduno, a key pitcher on the Dominican Republic's WBC-winning team. The Rays have won eight of their last nine to climb to a season-high nine games over .500 and move into a tie for second place, the first time since April 8 they have been higher than third. Lineups when available.  Marc Topkin rays For starters: Rays vs. Twins 1 Roberto Hernandez, coming off a pair of 'quality' starts but also on a four-game losing streak, starts for the Rays. /resources/images/blogs-photo/2013/06/hernandez061113.jpg JAMES BORCHUCK | Times /resources/images/blogs-photo/rendered/2013/06/hernandez061113_4col.jpg/resources/images/blogs-photo/rendered/2013/06/hernandez061113_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/rays/2013/07/08/1373309907-for-starters-rays-vs-twins BlogArticle UPDATE, 5:45: Maddon said of dropping Joyce down and moving Scott up: "This is the time to take a little bit of heat off (Joyce) and put a little bit more heat on Luke. ... Maddon said he hadn't heard anything from MLB yet but believes LHP Matt Moore has a good chance to be named to the AL All-Star team as a replacement. ... Maddon said he'll watch cF Desmond Jennigs closely but given how well he's going won't necessarily rest him before the break.Marc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 2268157 2016-03-06 13:13:56.0 UTC 6 Months Ago for-starters-rays-vs-twins-with-odorizzi-on-the-hill rays For starters, Rays vs. Twins, with Odorizzi on the hill BlogArticle 2288541 2016-08-07 16:11:01.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago for-starters-rays-vs-twins-without-kevin-kiermaier-in-cf rays For starters: Rays vs. Twins without Kevin Kiermaier in CF BlogArticle 2288456 2016-08-06 18:04:45.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago for-starters-rays-vs-twins-with-als-worst-record-on-the-line rays For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with AL's worst record on the line BlogArticle <p><b>UPDATE, 5:45: </b>Maddon said of dropping Joyce down and moving Scott up: &quot;This is the time to take a little bit of heat off (Joyce) and put a little bit more heat on Luke. ... Maddon said he hadn't heard anything from MLB yet but believes LHP Matt Moore has a good chance to be named to the AL All-Star team as a replacement.<b> ..</b>. Maddon said he'll watch cF Desmond Jennigs closely but given how well he's going won't necessarily rest him before the break.<br /><b><br /></b></p> <p><b>UPDATE, 3:37:</b> Rays lineup, with hot-swinging DH Luke Scott moved up to 2nd spot;</p> <p>Jennings cf<br />Scott dh<br />Zobrist 2b<br />Longoria 3b<br />Loney 1b<br />Myers rf<br />Joyce lf<br />Molina c<br />Escobar ss<br />Hernandez p</p> <p>Twins lineup:</p> <p>Dozier 2b<br />Mauer c<br />Doumit dh<br />Morneau 1b<br />Plouffe 3b<br />Arcia lf<br />Parmalee rf<br />Hicks cf<br />Florimon ss<br />Deduno p</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>DEVELOPING:</b> After sweeping a three-game weekend series from the White Sox, the Rays tonight open a four-game series with the Twins.</p> <p>RHP Roberto Hernandez, coming off a pair of &quot;quality' starts but also on a four-game losing streak, starts for the Rays.</p> <p>The Twins are starting RHP Samuel Deduno, a key pitcher on the Dominican Republic's WBC-winning team.</p> <p>The Rays have won eight of their last nine to climb to a season-high nine games over .500 and move into a tie for second place, the first time since April 8 they have been higher than third.</p> <p>Lineups when available.</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste">  </div>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:36:15