Rays at Twins
When/where: 2:10; Target Field, Minneapolis
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
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.
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
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
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