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Rays vs. Twins lineups for Thursday, with Rocco Baldelli back at the Trop

Longtime Rays player, exec and coach returns with majors-best Twins, and brings some other familiar faces.
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli smiles while talking to reporters in the dugout, as pitchers and catchers report for their first workout at their spring training baseball facility in Ft. Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli smiles while talking to reporters in the dugout, as pitchers and catchers report for their first workout at their spring training baseball facility in Ft. Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Published May 30, 2019
Updated May 30, 2019

UPDATE, 5:44: Zunino will play for the Stone Crabs tonight and then be re-evaluated, Cash said, which could lead to him being activated as soon as Friday. ... INF Yandy Diaz took swings on the field today and still felt some discomfort, but did well enough that Cash said he could go on a rehab in the next day or two which could lead to his return by early next week. ... Arroyo has been playing well and will give the Rays another option against lefties as they face today. Arroyo flew in this morning and met his mom and sister at International Plaza for a birthday lunch.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Garcia rf

Pham dh

Meadows lf

Adames ss

d’Arnaud c

Arroyo 3b

Lowe 1b

Heredia cf

Robertson 2b

Morton p

And here is the Twins lineup:

Kepler rf

Gonzalez 3b

Schoop dh

Rosario lf

Cron 1b

Arraez 2b

Adrianza ss

Castro c

Buxton cf

Perez p

DEVELOPING: The series between the surprising Twins, who have the majors best record at 37-17, and Rays, who are a solid 34-19, would be intriguing enough as a clash between two of the top contenders in the American League.

But it’s even more interesting because it marks the first trip back to Tropicana Field for Rocco Baldelli as Twins manager, as the longtime Rays player, exec and coach was hired this winter in Minnesota.

"Being back in St. Petersburg means a lot to me,'' Baldelli told the Times on Wednesday. "It’ll be emotional. But it’s also something I’m really looking forward to. Lots of lifelong friends here in the Rays organization. And I can’t wait to see everyone.''

The game should be entertaining as well, with the Rays starting veteran Charlie Morton and the Twins surprising lefty Martin Perez.

The Rays made one roster move earlier Thursday, recalling INF Christian Arroyo, who has been swinging a hot bat, to take the place of Andrew Velazquez. Arroyo, a righty hitter, is likely to be in the lineup tonight.

The Twins have several other former Rays, including 1B C.J. Cron, RHP Jake Odorizzi and coaches Bill Evers and Derek Shelton.

Lineups when available.