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Rays-Twins Saturday preview

Tonight: vs. Twins

6:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: All fans receive an Evan Longoria Solar Gnome.

Probable pitchers

rays: RH Chris Archer (5-15, 4.38)

Twins: RH Jose Berrios (2-1, 8.57)

On Archer: Leads the major leagues in losses (15) and the American League in strikeouts (161). Is 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in five career starts against the Twins. Is 1-1 with a 3.00 in 2 starts against them at the Trop.

On Berrios: The rookie pitched a career-high six innings in his last start Aug. 1 against the Indians. Has 25 strikeouts and 12 walks in 21 innings.

Key matchups

rays vs. berrios

None have faced.

twins vs. archer

Byron Buxton 2-for-4

Brian Dozier 1-for-14

Eduardo Escobar 2-for-10, HR

Joe Mauer 3-for-9

On deck

Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:10 p.m., Rays — Matt Andriese (6-2, 2.75), Twins — RH Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.94)

Monday: at Toronto, 7:07 p.m., Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 3.70), Blue Jays — RH R.A. Dickey (8-12, 4.49)

Tuesday: at Toronto, 7:07 p.m., Rays — LH Drew Smyly (3-11, 5.14), Blue Jays — RH Marco Estrada (7-4, 2.92)

Wednesday: at Toronto, 12:37 p.m., Rays — LH Blake Snell (3-4, 3.08), Blue Jays — LH J.A. Happ (15-3, 3.09)

Long ball

Before Friday, SS Brad Miller's home runs averaged 415.3 feet, according to MLB StatCast. Sixteen of those home runs have traveled more than 400 feet.

Rays-Twins Saturday preview 08/05/16 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2016 10:34pm]
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