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Rays' Archer takes aim at Twins

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Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Tampa Rays went 4-2 against the Twins in 2017, averaging 5.8 runs per game in these contests. They won this season series for a second consecutive year and for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
  2. Minnesota's pitchers are holding opponents to a .214 batting average while allowing just 12 home runs; the opponent average ranks fifth and the HR allowed fourth best in the majors. The Twins finished 26th in the majors in opponent BA and were tied for the sixth-most home runs allowed in 2017.
  3. Tampa Bay defeated Texas 4-2 on Wednesday. The Rays are 5-4 this season when they score four or more runs in a game, compared to 0-9 when they score three or fewer runs.
  4. Brian Dozier has had at least one hit in each of the Twins' 13 games this season; this is the longest active hitting streak in the majors. The last Twins' player to have a longer hitting streak from the start of the season was Josh Willingham, who had 1+ hit in each of team's first 15 games in the 2012 season.
  5. Jake Odorizzi will be making his first career start versus his former club. Odorizzi (1-0), who was traded by the Rays to Minnesota in February, is the first pitcher to be undefeated in his first three career starts with the Twins since Ervin Santana went 2-0 in his first four starts with the club, July 5-23, 2015.
  6. Chris Archer allowed seven runs in just four innings of work in his loss to the Phillies on April 14. That was the most runs he has allowed in a home start since giving up eight in 4.0 IP against Boston on August 29, 2014.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/20/2018 thru 4/22/2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rays pitcher Chris Archer hasn't had things go his way much this season.

If there's an opponent that can turn things around for him, though, it might be the Minnesota Twins, who come to Tropicana Field for a three-game series beginning Friday.

Archer is 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA this season, having given up at least four runs in each of his four starts, the last a four-inning, eight-hit, seven-run effort. But for his career against Minnesota, he's been dominant -- 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA, his lowest for any opponent he's faced more than twice.

Last year, Archer faced the Twins and lasted 7 2/3 innings, striking out 11 and holding Minnesota to two runs on five hits.

The Rays (5-13) have the small consolation of a series win against the Texas Rangers, taking two of three and getting a day off Thursday in the middle of their homestand.

The Twins (8-5), meanwhile, have had their share of days off, with three home games against the White Sox postponed this week before the team's two-game series in Puerto Rico, which ended with a 16-inning win that spilled into Thursday morning.

Jose Berrios threw seven shutout innings, and seven Twins relievers pitched a combined nine innings, giving up one run on nine hits before Ryan LaMarre won the game with a walk-off single in the 16th.

Minnesota turns to right-hander Lance Lynn (0-1, 5.00), who is still working to get his first win with his new team after a solid run with the St. Louis Cardinals. He's faced the Rays three times before, going 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA. Last year, he lasted seven innings against Tampa Bay, striking out eight and giving up two runs on six hits, very comparable to Archer's outing against the Twins.

The Rays have pushed through key injuries, gone 2-7 in one-run games and seen their bullpen take seven losses in the young season. But two wins in three games is relatively positive momentum, and manager Kevin Cash wants another series win with the Twins in town.

"We have to own the fact that we're whatever our record is right now," Cash said after Wednesday's win. "We also can be somewhat satisfied that we are playing hard. It just hasn't gone our way."

Minnesota has won early with pitching -- its team ERA of 3.05 is fifth-best in baseball, and opponents are hitting .214 against them, the fourth-lowest average in the league. The Twins are not overpowering -- their 121 strikeouts are second-fewest in the majors -- but they've pushed through four postponements entering this series, which is indoors and safely away from snow and any other potential obstacles.

The Rays could get a boost at the plate if infielder Brad Miller is reinstated from the disabled list. They're still without outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and third baseman Matt Duffy, getting by with a lineup that is patchwork in some places.

Tampa Bay has only one player hitting better than .270, with Mallex Smith at .373.

Updated April 19, 2018

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