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Rays: Paying off a lost bet; Fuld shines for Twins

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 8:10 tonight; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65)

WHITE SOX: RH Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32)

On Archer: Coming off solid six-plus inning start vs. Yankees. Is 4-8, 4.09 in 17 career road games, 8-3, 3.00 in 16 home games. Faced White Sox in relief in September 2012.

On Johnson: Second-round pick in 2011 is a top prospect. Has allowed 23 hits, 11 walks, 2 HBPs in 22 innings.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. johnson

None have faced

white Sox vs. archer

Adam Eaton 1-for-1

Paul Konerko 0-for-1

Alexei Ramirez 0-for-1

On deck

Saturday: at White Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91); Sox — LH John Danks (2-0, 2.84)

Hats off

The most interesting hat for Thursday's themed trip to Chicago belonged to Chris Westmoreland, the Rays director of team travel and clubhouse operations, who, with an assist from PR staffer Carli Todd, paid off a lost best.

Sam, bam

Former Rays OF Sam Fuld made an impressive debut for the Twins, going 5-for-10 with three doubles in two games. While Fuld played the "just put some good swings on the ball" angle, Rays manager Joe Maddon knew better. "It just works out that way," he said. "Anytime we play against our former players, they have a field day against us. Congratulations, Sam."

Long time coming

The Twins won a series at the Trop for the first time since September 2006, back when the home team still wore Devil Rays green, going 0-5-2 in the interim.

Rays: Paying off a lost bet; Fuld shines for Twins 04/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:22pm]
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