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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joyce, Rodriguez play in the rain; Rays in for exhausting weekend

Rays at Twins

When/where: 8:10 tonight, Target Field, Minneapolis

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH Wade Davis (2-2, 2.73)

TWINS: LH Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40)

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Wading in: Davis beat the Twins at home April 15 and the White Sox on April 20, allowing one run over seven innings both times, working with less velocity and more command. His prior start at Target Field didn't go well as he allowed three homers, two to Jim Thome. Overall he is 1-0, 5.71 in three starts vs. the Twins.

Frank approach: Liriano hasn't been as sharp as during his 13-10, 3.62 2010 season, but he's getting there based on his last outing in Baltimore on Monday. A Friday rainout pushed him back until tonight, and for good reason: He is 2-1, 2.16 in five starts vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Liriano

Kelly Shoppach 4-for-14

B.J. Upton 4-for-11

Ben Zobrist 1-for-7

Twins vs. Davis

Michael Cuddyer 2-for-8

Jim Thome 2-for-4, 2 HRs

Delmon Young 3-for-8

On deck

Thursday, 1:10 and 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-3, 7.08) and Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.32), order TBA; Twins — Nick Blackburn (1-3. 4.01) and Scott Baker (1-2, 3.24)

Friday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (3-2, 3.19); Angels — Ervin Santana (0-3, 5.51)

Saturday: vs. Angels, 1:10, Ch. 13. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 2.35); Angels — TBA

Sunday: vs. Angels, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Angels — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Recreational activity of the day

OF Matt Joyce and INF Sean Rodriguez, two Florida boys, took a few minutes to go sliding across the wet tarp. "It was kinda like when you're a kid and you're playing on a Slip 'n Slide with friends," Joyce said. "The only difference is that it's a little colder."

Number of the day

51 Hours in which the Rays will play four games, Thursday-Saturday, and take a three-hour flight from Minneapolis home.

Quote of the day

"Nice city, great ballpark. But the weather's not cool in April."

CF B.J. Upton on Minneapolis.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joyce, Rodriguez play in the rain; Rays in for exhausting weekend 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:33pm]
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