• The Twins enter the series with the Rays at 5-3, tied with Detroit for first place of the AL Central. The just concluded a 3-game set with the Evil empire, dropping the first two, but took the final game last night 5-1 behind Russ Ortiz.
  • The Rays were 1-6 against the Twins last season.
  • The Twinkies shortstop has more errors (4) than hits (1).
  • Minnesota has struggled offensively, with only 3 home runs as a team through the first 8 games. Justin Morneau has hit 2 and Torii Hunter has 1.
  • The Rays will miss Russ Ramon Ortiz this time through who is 2-0 with a 2.80 era, but Friday night marks a stellar match up of two of the best young pitchers in baseball with Johan Santana and Scott Kazmir.
  • The Twins are set to unveil their plans for a new stadium to be in use by 2010. The new stadium is not likely to have a roof. That will make for some pleasant games if and when the Twinkies play October baseball.


PROBABLE STARTERS

Thursday, 8:10 et
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (0-1, 17.18)
Minnesota
Carlos Silva, RHP (0-1, 1.80)

Friday, 8:10 et
Devil Rays Scott Kazmir, LHP (0-1, 6.75)
Minnesota Johan Santana, LHP (2-0, 2.77)

Saturday, 7:10 et

Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson, RHP (0-1, 6.35)
Minnesota Sidney Ponson, RHP (0-1, 12.71)

Sunday, 2:10 et
Devil Rays
Jae Seo, RHP (0-1, 9.64)
Minnesota Boof Bonser, RHP (0-1, 6.97)

 
 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Um. You mean Ramon Ortiz.

  2. The Professor says:

    mmm. yes, definitely meant Ramon. easy to get the two confused. Russ weighs about 250, while Ramon comes in at about 120. On the other hand, their career stats are similar.

  3. Jason McAdams says:

    You will never see a more devastating end to a ballgame then the one I just watched up in Minneapolis.

    TWO huge base running mistakes by Crawford on the same play and then Morneau’s walk-off against Stokes.

    GHEESH.

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