THREE-GAME SERIES AT TARGET FIELD
Friday, 7:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 2.09) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.11)
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Alex Colome (2-1, 5.63) vs. RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.40)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. • FSN, 96.3-FM
RHP Chris Archer (3-4, 2.59) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (3-2, 2.70)
They have won two straight games entering Thursday, and four of their past six, and are a surprising second place in the AL East. … They are 8-5 on the road, and have won three of their past four. … They lead the major leagues in players on the disabled list, with 12, including six on the 60-day list. LF Desmond Jennings, RHP Alex Cobb, LHP Matt Moore, DH John Saso and LHP Drew Smyly are among the players they are missing. … Kevin Cash, who caught Phil Hughes while both were with the Yankees in 2009, is the Rays’ new manager, having replaced Joe Maddon last winter. … They rank 12th in the AL in runs scored, but their average of 3.60 runs allowed per game is the AL’s best. They also have committed the fewest errors (11) in the majors, and none from their shortstops. … Closer Brad Boxberger (pictured) is 10-for-10 in save opportunities and has allowed just two runs and seven hits in 14 innings this season, with 20 strikeouts.
They are 12-5 at home, the most wins of any team in the AL, and have won seven of their past eight games at Target Field. … They have not won the season series against Tampa Bay since 2006, and are just 7-22 vs. the Rays over the past four seasons. They are 4-15 at home against Tampa Bay since Target Field opened. … They lead the AL in runs scored in May with 72 entering Thursday’s game, and their 39 runs allowed is the second least in the league. … Pitching coach Neil Allen worked with virtually every member of the Rays’ staff while coaching in the Tampa Bay organization. … This is the Twins’ first series against the AL East, and Tampa Bay’s first against the AL Central. … 2B Brian Dozier ranks fifth in the AL in runs (25 entering Thursday) and fourth in doubles (10). … SS Danny Santana’s 121 at-bats without hitting into a double play are the second most in the AL. … RHP Phil Hughes has started 11 games against the Rays, but has not beaten them since 2011. He is 3-6 with a 5.02 ERA in those starts.