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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Evan Longoria's ride to the ballpark; David Price no fan of long trips; cleanup rarity

Rays at Twins

When/where: 7:10; Target Field, Minneapolis

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (14-4, 2.49)

Twins: RH Nick Blackburn (4-7, 7.42)

On Price: He had no-decisions in his past two starts despite pitching relatively well, allowing three runs total in 15 innings. He is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts at Target Field and is 1-2 with a 2.63 ERA in five career games against the Twins.

On Blackburn: He has allowed five or more earned runs eight times and was sent to Triple A last month. He is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in four starts since returning and is 2-4 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Blackburn

Matt Joyce 5-for-16, HR

Evan Longoria 4-for-12

B.J. Upton 6-for-13

Twins vs. Price

Joe Mauer 2-for-11

Justin Morneau 1-for-8

Denard Span 1-for-8

On deck

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (10-7, 4.08); Twins — Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.91)

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Not the normal ride to the ballpark

Evan Longoria was in a town car headed to Target Field on Friday when a Minneapolis office complex was evacuated and several streets were closed after police said a man went into a bank building and said he had a bomb or a gun. Longoria, who posted a few things on Twitter about it, called the whole scene "pretty crazy." A suspect surrendered to police.

Quote of the day

"These 10-day road trips, they seem like forever, and those 10-day homestands, they seem like two, three days."

Pitcher David Price, on the start of the Rays' fifth and final three-city journey

Stat of the day

3

Times in their past 80 games the Rays had more than one RBI from the cleanup spot

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Evan Longoria's ride to the ballpark; David Price no fan of long trips; cleanup rarity 08/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 1:21am]
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