Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Twins Thursday preview

Tonight: at Twins

8:10, Target Field, Minneapolis

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Matt Moore (2-3, 5.31)

TWINS: RH Kyle Gibson (0-3, 6.10)

On Moore: Snapped six-game winless streak Saturday vs. Yankees, working 62/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. Allowing lefty hitters a .327 average. Is 1-0, 3.24 in three game vs. Twins.

On Gibson: Coming off the DL (shoulder strain) to make first start since April 22. Had two rehab starts with advanced Class A Fort Myers. Is 0-4, 8.85 in four starts vs. Rays, nine walks in 201/3 innings.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. GIBSON

Desmond Jennings 3-for-7

Evan Longoria 4-for-10

Brad Miller 5-for-11

Logan Morrison 0-for-6

TWINS VS. MOORE

Brian Dozier 1-for-4

Joe Mauer 2-for-4

Eduardo Nunez 2-for-8

Trevor Plouffe 1-for-6

Familiar faces

Twins RHP Kevin Jepsen was with the Rays in 2015 until July trade. Pitching coach Neil Allen, suspended after a DWI arrest, had coached in the Rays' minor-league system for eight years.

May day

The Rays' 11-16 record marked their third straight losing May, in large part due to a 4.78 ERA, their highest for any month since September 2009 (5.06). Their 44 homers were third most in the majors and matched the franchise mark for any month (September 2012).

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