Taking on David Price: Twins vs. Rays 7/2

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Summer has certainly set in at Target Field and it’s been fun to watch Twins fans really enjoy all the aspects that come with watching baseball outdoors.

One of the things that comes with outdoor baseball — fireworks.

Tonight, the Twins will host a fireworks display and there is certainly a lot of anticipation since the July 4th weekend has usually meant people waiting around outside the Metrodome to watch the city’s fireworks since they couldn’t have them in the Dome.

As for baseball news, shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to be back for Saturday’s game and the roster move will likely involved a DL stint for Matt Tolbert, who injured his middle right finger during Wednesday’s game. Tolbert still can’t throw or hit so it seems the logical move.

Funny moment in the clubhouse today as the players were watching the World Cup before batting practice. The Uruguay-Ghana game was in extra time and there was plenty of rooting interest among the players. Some of them even had vuvuzuelas and were blowing them during the sudden death penalty kicks. Some of the biggest smiles after Uruguay’s win came from Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer as they wore “I (heart) Uruguay” T-shirts around the clubhouse.

Here are the lineups:

Rays (46-32)
Ben
Zobrist, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Willy Aybar, DH
Matt
Joyce, RF
Kelly Shoppach, C
Carlos Pena, 1B
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Reid Brignac, SS
Pitching: LHP David Price (11-3, 2.44 ERA)

Twins

(43-36)
Denard Span, CF
Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Jason Kubel, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Danny Valencia, 3B
Nick
Punto, SS
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker
(6-7, 4.97 ERA)

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1 Comment

I am really excited to see how David Price does against the big bats of the Twins. Scott Baker might give up runs, but he is in every game until the end, it seems. I’m hoping that the Rays can put together a nice effort and steal another win at Target Field!

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