IMPACT PLAYER C.J. Cron, Tampa Bay
The designated hitter hit a two-run homer off Kyle Gibson to put the Rays ahead, then another off Gabriel Moya to help the Rays pull away.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 RBI for former Twins outfielder Denard Span in this series.
15 Consecutive games with a hit to start the season for Brian Dozier, who led off with a double and came around to score the Twins’ lone run.
21 Innings without a home run for Tampa Bay before Cron’s third-inning blast.
The Rays were going to have a bullpen game Sunday, but they changed their mind and will start righthander Yonny Chirinos instead. Phil Hughes will come off the disabled list to make his season debut for the Twins.
La VELLE E. NEAL III