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The dish

Rays at Twins

When/where: 8:10; Metrodome, Minneapolis

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LH Scott Kazmir (3-1, 3.97) Twins: RH Nick Blackburn (1-1, 4.44)

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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.

On deck

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)

Props of the day

Though Mitchell High left-hander Patrick Schuster's string of four no-hitters was snapped Tuesday, his idol, LHP Scott Kazmir, has admired from afar and is looking forward to meeting him when Schuster throws out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday at the Trop. "I want to watch him pitch," Kazmir said. "Maybe play some catch with him, check out a couple of his pitches."

of the day

"He who lives in domed houses should not throw stones."

Manager Joe Maddon's diplomatic answer to whether there are any "quirks" at the Metrodome.

Switch of the day

With the sign on the training room door of the visitor's clubhouse still welcoming the "Tampa Bay Devil Rays," a piece of white tape was placed over the "Devil" Tuesday afternoon.

Rays news and notes 04/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:43am]
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