Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ Twins: Longo playing again, Zoby at SS again
Posted Aug 10, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
MINNEAPOLIS The Rays begin their last three-city road trip of the season tonight in Target Field against the Twins.
Statues of some of the legendary Twins players are stationed around the ballpark, including the above one of Harmon Killebrew.
Former Ray and current A’s designated hitter Jonny Gomes said James Shields should be among the first Rays players to receive the honor of having a statue outside whatever stadium the Rays play in when that time comes.
Anyway, Evan Longoria is in the lineup tonight for the fourth straight day. He said he is not feeling any soreness in his left hamstring. He also said he hopes to play third base at some point during this road trip.
Ben Zobrist is back at shortstop and said he’s happy to return to the position he played as he made his climb through the minor leagues to the big leagues.
Jeremy Hellickson makes the start tonight and will pitch in front of a large number of fans who made the trip from his home town in Des Moines, Iowa.
Here are the lineups:
Hellickson RHP (6-7, 3.43)
De Vries RHP (2-2, 3.81)