Rays at Twins preview
What's new: Rays manager Joe Maddon quipped he doesn't know many players on the rebuilding Twins now that longtime star 1B Justin Morneau was traded to the Pirates, and C Joe Mauer is out battling concussionlike symptoms. 2B Brian Dozier (17 homers) and 3B Trevor Plouffe (14 homers) have provided some pop, and closer LHP Glen Perkins has been solid (2.50 ERA, 34 saves).
Key stat: The Twins entered Thursday ranked next-to-last in the American League in both runs scored (565) and ERA (4.37).
Connections: DH/OF Delmon Young and injured RHP Jesse Crain are former Twins.
Series history: The Rays swept a four-game series at the Trop in mid July, with the overall series tied 60-60. The Twins lead 34-27 in Minneapolis.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer