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Rays v Twins: Niemann goes for first ‘W’

Posted Apr 22, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
Though they are one game above .500, the Rays are off to one of their best starts in team history.

Their 8-7 mark heading into today’s game with the visiting Twins is tied with the 1999 team for their third-best start through 15 games. They 2010 Rays won 11 of their first 15. The 1998 team started 9-6.

The Rays are also 4-1 at the Trop this season, marking the best home start in team history.

Jeff Niemann takes the hill today looking for his first win of the season. He is 3-0 in his career against the Twins.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano, also looking for his first victory of 2012, is 2-2 in seven career starts against the Rays.

Here are the lineups:

TWINS
Span CF
Carroll SS
Mauer C
Willingham LF
Morneau DH
Parmelee 1B
Valencia 3B
Thomas RF
Casilla 2B

Liriano LHP (0-2, 11.91 ERA)

RAYS
Jennings LF
Zobrist RF
Peña 1B
Longoria 3B
Keppinger DH
Upton CF
Rodriguez SS
Gimenez C
Johnson 2B

Niemann RHP (0-2, 4.50)

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