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Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (2-3, 4.17)

TWINS: RH Kyle Gibson (1-1, 7.94)

On Archer: Coming off a solid start in a no-decision at Houston, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. Is 1-0, 3.18 over past three starts, all won by Rays. Was 1-3, 5.03 in first four starts, three lost by Rays.

On Gibson: 2009 first-rounder from Missouri makes third big-league start, having beaten Royals in June 29 debut and losing to Yankees. Was 7-5, 3.01 at Triple-A Rochester.

Key matchups

Rays VS. GIBSON

None have faced

TWINS VS. ARCHER

None have faced

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67); Twins — RH Kevin Correia (6-6, 4.19)

Thursday: vs. Twins, 12:10, no TV. Rays — LH Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42); Twins — RH Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Hairy situation

DH Luke Scott has been sporting a new old look, a "traditional '80s rat tail." Scott said he had worn his hair that way in "the days of Peter Gabriel — '80s music was hot then. I was probably 8 years old, or 10." This version started with a Mohawk, and a suggestion by (since-demoted) INF Ryan Roberts to trim it back. "I said, 'You know what, it's time to bring back the '80s rat tail.' "

Peace of mind

Rookie RHP Chris Archer was noticeably calmer in his last start, the result, he said, of inspiration from the book You Can Win by Norman Vincent Peale. "It's one of those things that came about just because I had been reading about it and kind of practiced it to myself," Archer said. "I didn't go out there and be like all, 'I'm going to be calm today.' I had read about it … and it just kind of took over when I was on the mound."

Stat of the day

90

Games it took for the Rays to reach 50 wins, third fewest in team history

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