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The dish

Rays at Twins

When/where: 8:10; Metrodome, Minneapolis

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

Rays :

RH James Shields

(2-2, 3.67)


LH Francisco Liriano

(0-4, 7.06)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297 (FAN- Rays )

Watch for

Strong Shields: RHP James Shields is coming off his best start of the season, giving up just one run and four hits over 71/3 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Mariners. Shields is 1-1 with a 6.26 ERA in four career starts against the Twins, his highest ERA vs. any AL opponent. At the Metrodome, Shields is 0-1 in two starts with a 7.78 ERA (10 runs in 91/3 innings).

Off the mark: LHP Francisco Liriano has struggled this season, losing his first four starts, including giving up seven runs in four innings in his last outing in Boston. But Liriano has fared well against the Rays (2-0 with a 0.57 ERA).

Matchup to avoid: Jason Kubel, above, is 6-for-10 (.600) with four RBIs against Shields.

On deck

Wednesday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun. Rays - Scott Kazmir (3-1, 3.97); Twins - Nick Blackburn (1-1, 4.44)

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:08, Sun. Rays - Matt Garza (1-2, 4.97); Red Sox - Josh Beckett (2-1, 6.00)

Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:38, Sun. Rays - Andy Sonnanstine (0-3, 7.78); Red Sox - Justin Masterson (2-0, 2.70)

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:08, FSN. Rays - Jeff Niemann (2-2, 4.43); Red Sox - Tim Wakefield (2-1, 1.86)

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Added: April 28, 2009

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