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Tampa Bay at Minnesota

Venue: Target Field
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Another matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins on Saturday ended in yet another Tampa Bay win.

The Rays can match their longest winning streak in franchise history versus a single opponent with a series sweep Sunday at Target Field as David Price tries to avoid losing a career-high fourth straight start.

Tampa Bay's 7-0 win over the Twins Saturday marked its 11th straight in the series. The Rays (81-66) haven't beaten the same team 12 consecutive times since accomplishing the feat against Baltimore from April 30-Sept. 24, 2008.

A 2 hour, 4-minute rain delay limited starter Matt Moore to four innings, but five relievers combined with him on a four-hitter as Tampa Bay shut out Minnesota for the second straight game. The Rays' 15 shutouts trail only Cleveland's 16 in the AL.

They maintained a 1 1/2-game edge over Cleveland for the AL's second wild-card spot, while New York and Baltimore - who both lost Saturday - trail by 2 1/2 and three games, respectively. Kansas City also trails by three games after a 1-0 win over Detroit.

Price, however, has dropped three straight starts for the second time in his career, though he's pitched at least seven innings in each. The other time he lost three in a row was July 20-Aug. 2, 2011.

He owns a 4.50 ERA during the skid, though his last defeat was more due to a lack of offense. He limited Boston to two runs and three hits over eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 home loss on Tuesday, a strong bounce-back performance after he yielded six runs and a season-high 11 hits in a defeat to the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 5.

"Dave was outstanding," manager Joe Maddon told the team's official website. "I thought he was great. He could not have done anything more."

Price is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA over three career starts against the Twins. The left-hander limited Minnesota to two runs over seven innings of a 4-2 road win in the only matchup last season.

It appears to be a particularly inopportune time for the scuffling Twins (63-84) to face the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner after recording nine hits in the series' first two contests. Still without Joe Mauer due to a concussion, Minnesota has totaled 17 runs during a 2-6 stretch, going 3 for 22 (.136) with runners in scoring position over the last five.

"Those guys are playing for something over there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They're into the game and we didn't look like we were really getting after it too much. I guess the weather really bothered us a lot more, which is pretty disappointing."

The club's bullpen could also be taxed Sunday with left-hander Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.25) getting the start. He needed 89 pitches to get through 4 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Angels on Monday and has thrown six innings just once in nine starts.

Five different Rays recorded at least one RBI Saturday, with Desmond Jennings going 2 for 5 and driving in two. James Loney, though, went 0 for 5 to end his eight-game hitting streak.

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Probable Starters

David Price, LHP
2013 stats
159.1 Innings Pitched 48.0
8-8 Wins-Losses 3-1
3.45 Earned Run Average 5.25
22 Walks 17
131 Strikeouts 25
100 Pitches Per Start 83
Career vs. opponent
34.1 Innings Pitched -
2-2 Wins-Losses ---
2.62 Earned Run Average -

Pedro Hernandez, LHP
Weather
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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Tampa Bay4th AL East6265.488125-5 W 1
Minnesota5th AL Central5670.444144-6 W 1
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BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
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Willingham71022.143
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Injuries
Tampa Bay
PlayerInjury
T. BeckhamKnee
D. DeJesusHand
R. HaniganOblique
M. MooreElbow
J. PeraltaIllness
J. SandsWrist
Minnesota
PlayerInjury
M. PelfreyGroin
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 25MINDET 10-6Porcello Correia 
Apr 26MINMIN 5-3Hughes Ortega 
Apr 27MINPPD   
May 9DETMIN 2-1Hughes Verlander 
May 10DETDET 9-3Scherzer Gibson 
May 11DETMIN 4-3Burton Chamberlain 
Jun 13DETMIN 2-0Gibson Smyly 
Jun 14DETDET 12-9Sanchez Deduno 
Jun 15DETDET 4-3Nathan Fien 
Aug 22MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Aug 23MIN 1:10 PM EDT  
Aug 23MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Aug 24MIN 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 15MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 16MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 17MIN 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 25DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 26DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 27DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 28DET 1:08 PM EDT