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What's new: The Twins (59-46) remain in the thick of the AL Central race thanks to their current eight-game win streak. They're still banged up with star 1B Justin Morneau (concussion), 2B Orlando Hudson (oblique) and INF Nick Punto (hamstring) out and star C Joe Mauer (right shoulder) day to day. Mauer might be available to DH today. Ex-Ray Delmon Young continues to be hot, hitting .436 with six homers and 30 RBIs in July. The Twins bolstered their bullpen at the trade deadline, acquiring All-Star closer Matt Capps from the Nationals.

Key stat: The Rays are 20-8 against the AL Central this season, the best in the AL.

Connections: SS Jason Bartlett and RHP Matt Garza are former Twins. OF Denard Span is a Tampa Catholic product.

Series history: The Rays took three of four at Target Field July 1-4. The Twins lead the all-time series 54-42 and are 22-22 at Tropicana Field.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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