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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon references "Godspell" in describing Evan Longoria's status; All-Star Jose Molina isn't THAT Jose Molina

Rays at Twins

When/where: 2:10; Target Field, Minneapolis

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (10-7, 4.08)

TWINs: LH Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.91)

On Shields: Coming off strong back-to-back outings, having allowed 1 run and 5 hits over 17 innings. Is 4-2, 4.24 in 10 starts vs. Twins, 1-1, 4.50 at Target Field.

On Diamond: Solid performer after early May promotion, Diamond is 2-1, 1.93 in his past three starts, including a three-hit shutout of Cleveland. Tough to read because lefties have a .314 average against, righties .251.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. DIAMOND

None have faced

TWINS VS. SHIELDS

Joe Mauer 10-for-25

Justin Morneau 9-for-26, 4 HRs

Denard Span 3-for-24

On deck

Monday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (6-8, 4.32); M's — Blake Beavan (7-6, 5.12)

Tuesday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (9-7, 3.73); M's — Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.38)

Wednesday: at Mariners, 3:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.52); M's — Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74)

Quote of the day

"It's definitely a Godspell moment."

Manager Joe Maddon, referencing the musical's song Day by Day in describing Evan Longoria's status

The "Jose Molina is an All-Star" note

That's right. But it's the Jose Molina who is a 21-year-old pitcher for short-season Class A Hudson Valley, not the Rays catcher. (And they're not related.) RHP Joel Peralta has been mentoring the pitching Molina, who is from his Dominican hometown, and introduced the two this spring: "He's like a 6-foot, 150-pound lefty — they're nothing alike."

Stat of the day

9

Hits by Desmond Jennings on the first pitch of a game to the Rays.

AL wild-card race

Team W L Pct. GB

Tampa Bay 61 52 .540

Baltimore 61 52 .540—*

Oakland 61 52 .540—

Detroit 61 53 .535 .5

Los Angeles 60 54 .526 1.5

* Late game not included

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon references "Godspell" in describing Evan Longoria's status; All-Star Jose Molina isn't THAT Jose Molina 08/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 12, 2012 12:00am]

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