Rays at Twins
When/where: 8:10; Metrodome, Minneapolis
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: LH Scott Kazmir (3-1, 3.97) Twins: RH Nick Blackburn (1-1, 4.44)
Rays info: 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Watch for …
Kaz on track: LHP Scott Kazmir is coming off a strong start for his 50th career victory, six scoreless innings against Oakland. He is 2-3 with a 3.18 in five starts against the Twins, having won his past two outings against them.
Off the mark: RHP Nick Blackburn's last outing was good, giving up one run in seven innings. He has had one start against the Rays, and it's one he likely wants to forget: six runs and three walks in 11/3 innings.
Matchup to avoid: Michael Cuddyer is 0-for-10 with five strikeouts against Kazmir, but Justin Morneau 3-for-12 with two homers.
Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:08, Sun. Rays — Matt Garza (1-2, 4.97); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (2-1, 6.00)
Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:38, Sun. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-3, 7.78); Red Sox — Justin Masterson (2-0, 2.70)
Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:08, FSN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-2, 4.43); Red Sox — Tim Wakefield (2-1, 1.86)
Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:38, TBS. Rays — James Shields (2-2, 3.74); Red Sox — Brad Penny (2-0, 8.66)