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Rays @ Twins: Crain update and lineups

Posted Sep 13, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 06:05 PM

ST. PETERSBURG – Jesse Crain took another step toward joining the Rays bullpen this afternoon with a 50-pitch bullpen session at Target Field.

The right-hander, who has been sidelined with a shoulder strain since his trade to the Rays on July 29, said he was able to throw all his pitches Friday and could be game-ready by some time next.

The next step is throwing live batting practice Monday.

“Depends on how I feel and how it goes,” he said. “I can probably tell the most on how I feel, if I’m ready or not. I won’t know that until I go out there and face those guys. I think if it goes real well I think I can be ready maybe a day or two after that. It depends on what they want to do and how it goes.”

Crain would give manager Joe Maddon another late-inning option and reduce some of the wear on Jake McGee and Joel Peralta.

The Rays look to win two straight games tonight when they open this three-game series against the Twins.

Here are the lineups:

DeJesus LF
Zobrist 2B
Loney 1B
Longoria 3B
Johnson DH
Myers RF
Jennings CF
Molina C
Escobar SS

Archer RHP (8-7, 3.19)

Presley CF
Pinto C
Dozier 2B
Arcia DH
Plouffe 3B
Parmlee 1B
Mastroianni LF
Thomas RF
Escobar SS

Correia RHP (9-11, 4.30)

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