Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Minnesota Twins

. UP NEXT

vs. Twins

Tonight-Sunday

What's new: The Twins are trying to bounce back from a 99-loss 2011 season. They brought in OF Josh Willingham and C Ryan Doumit to help the offense. But they lost OF Michael Cuddyer. The bigger key is having C Joe Mauer, DH/1B Justin Morneau and OF Denard Span healthy, as each missed about half of last season. The pitching remains a question, with Scott Baker out for the year. On the plus side, they split four games at New York, their first non-losing series in the Bronx since 2001.

Key stat: After losing 14 straight to the Twins from 2004 to 2006, the Rays are 23-15 and have not lost a season series.

Connections: Span is a Tampa Catholic grad, INF Sean Burroughs a former Ray.

Series history: Twins lead 59-51 overall; Rays lead 27-25 at the Trop.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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