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Saturday, July 19 (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (45-53) at Minnesota Twins (44-51), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (9-7, 3.23) Minnesota - Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays will meet the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a three-game set at Target Field Saturday.

The Rays will send David Price to the mound as they try to make up some ground in the American League East, while the Twins will counter with Phil Hughes on the hill.

Price is one of a handful of pitchers in the American League to have recorded nine wins prior to the All-Star break. Price's record sits at 9-7, and he sports a 3.23 earned run average.

He also leads the AL in strikeouts with 164 entering the game. The 28-year-old Tennessee native has been on fire in his last four starts, picking up wins in each of them. He pitched eight innings on July 13 against Toronto and didn't allow a single run on five hits. Price picked up five more strikeouts in the contest to add to his resume.

Price, whose name is swirling in trade rumors, has started seven games against the Twins in his career. He owns a 3-2 record against Minnesota, but has dominated the Twins with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

On the other side, Hughes will put his 10-5 record and 3.92 ERA on the line and has won back-to-back starts since going winless (0-2) in his previous three trips to the mound. Hughes has faced Tampa Bay 17 times (10 starts) in his career and is 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA.

Hughes is 3-3 in nine home starts this season.

Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson was roughed up a bit Friday night in a 6-2 loss to the Rays in the first game of the series. He surrendered all six runs to Tampa on nine hits, and was credited with the loss.

Evan Longoria doubled in the third inning and drove in three runs for the Rays to put them up 3-0 early, then, following a Trevor Plouffe homer in the third, Ben Zobrist sent a two-run shot into the seats for the winning runs. Longoria and Zobrist accounted for five of the six Tampa runs.

Alex Cobb picked up the win for the Rays after lasting 5 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on five hits.

"We pretty much picked up where we did leave it off at the All-Star break," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Tampa Bay has won three in a row and is 9-4 this month. Minnesota is an even 7-7 in the month of July, and snapped a two-game win streak with the defeat.

The Twins are sitting in the basement of the American League Central standings, while Tampa is tied with Boston for the AL East bottom at 8 1/2 games back.

07/19 10:22:35 ET

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UNC 82
OSU 74
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MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
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UNCW 66
ECU 54
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CAR 2
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CHA 104
UTA 86
 
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NYK 90
PHO 99
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NOP 88
POR 114
 
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CHA 104
UTA 86
 
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SAN 47
 
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UTAH 45
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WMICH 24
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BGU 7
SALABAMA 0
 
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CHAR 78
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WKENT 67
LOU 76
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MICH 51
SMU 62
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CIN 47
VCU 68
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BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
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PROV 85
UMASS 65
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AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
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UNC 82
OSU 74
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IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
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VILL 82
SYR 77
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VT 64
CITA 61
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DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
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BEL 73
 
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YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
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DEL 74
 
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PSU 73
DREX 68
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UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
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ILL 62
MIZZ 59
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CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
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LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
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SCST 71
 
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FSU 75
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BING 51
BONA 69
 
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TOL 83
 
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TRUETT 55
 
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EILL 60
 
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IND 82
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ARTCH 57
 
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DELST 70
 
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FATL 56
 
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HPYN 50
 
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LAF 69
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MARS 58
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MEM 78
ORU 63
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KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
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NW 67
WMICH 61
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MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
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STJOE 54
 
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UCLA 44
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DAVID 80
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RIU 69
DET 55
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UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
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ILLST 77
 
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NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
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WAGN 66
MON 74
 
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MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
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PITT 81
OU 77
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TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
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WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
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AFA 75
UCD 81
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MSST 51
USCU 53
 
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JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
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TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
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DRAK 54
ISU 83
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SHU 73
UNH 60
 
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SCU 72
NE 78
 
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MSU 64
TXSOU 71
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UF 63
WAKE 50
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ND 94
PURD 63
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SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
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AUB 89
XAV 88
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AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
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DAY 78
BU 62
 
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UNCW 66
ECU 54
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HOF 77
 
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GMAS 86
IONA 81
 
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LAS 67
 
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MAN 73
MRGST 69
 
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CCST 76
YALE 84
 
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PEPP 63
RICH 65
 
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MAR 58
STJOE 75
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KYST 71
TEXAM 64
 
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MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
2nd OT
UMKC 87
INCWORD 88
 
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IDST 50
CALST 59
 
Final
NIOWA 56
IOWA 44
 
2nd
SIUE 58
UWMIL 53
 
2nd
TEX 56
LBSU 53
 
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TCU 61
TXSA 39
 
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ARK 45
SEMIZ 28
 
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NCOL 17
JVST 24
 
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ARST 15
LEH 18
 
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NMST 11
NMU 12
 
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WASH 31
OKLA 15
 
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GRCN 25
STED 23
 
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WEBER 25
WLVRN 15
 
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LOS 4
ARI 2
2nd Intermission
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CHI 2
 
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BUF 1
COL 5
 
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PIT 3
FLA 1
 
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CAR 2
NYR 2
 
3rd
MON 3
OTT 1
 
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TOR 4
PHI 7
 
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NYI 3
TAM 1
 
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NJD 0
WAS 4
 
2nd
MIN 3
NAS 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
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CAL
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WAS 27
PHI 24
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SFX 21
SDC 7