Rays vs. Twins
When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Jeff Niemann
TWINS: LH Francisco Liriano
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Standing tall: Niemann has lost both his starts, lasting five innings in each. But he has fared well against the Twins, going 3-0, 2.86 in six appearances (five starts).
Leaning left: Liriano has allowed 17 runs over three starts and lasted 21/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees his last time out. He's 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA in seven career starts against Tampa Bay.
Rays vs. liriano
Ben Zobrist 3-for-12
Evan Longoria 4-for-14
B.J. Upton 5-for-16
twins vs. nIemann
Danny Valencia 0-for-8
Denard Span 8-for-18
Justin Morneau 2-for-10
Tuesday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (2-1, 4.20); Angels — Ervin Santana (0-3, 6.75)
Wednesday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 3.26); Angels — C.J. Wilson (2-1, 2.37)
Connection of the day
White Sox RHP Phil Humber, right, who threw a perfect game Saturday against the Mariners, was a college teammate of Rays RHP Jeff Niemann at Rice. Humber was drafted No. 3 by the Mets in 2004. Tampa Bay picked Niemann fourth.
INF Sean Rodriguez said he and his family had a great time participating in Saturday's Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Raymond James Stadium. The cause hits home. His 2-year-old son, GoGo, was diagnosed with autism. Rodriguez said he spent part of the morning trying to keep up with GoGo. "It was awesome," Rodriguez said. "My little man is a runner."