Twins aim to sweep 3-game streak against Rays

Tampa Bay Rays (34-25, third in AL East) vs. Minnesota Twins (35-26, first in AL Central)

Minneapolis; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

LIKELY TO PITCH: Rays: Jeffrey Springs (2-2, 1.62 ERA, .93 WHIP, 45 strikeouts); Twins: Cole Sands (0-2, 8.49 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 13 strikeouts)

LINE: Rays -125, Twins +106; over/under is 8 1/2 points

BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are playing the final game of a three-game series. The Twins can sweep the series with a win.

Minnesota is 20-13 at home and 35-26 overall. The Twins are 25-2 in games when they have scored five or more points.

Tampa Bay is 13-12 on the road and 34-25 overall. The Rays are 20-10 in games when recording eight or more hits.

The teams meet on Sunday for the sixth time this season. The Twins lead 4-1 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Luis Arraez has five doubles and three homers for the Twins. Jorge Polanco is 13 for 38 with two doubles and two homers in the last 10 games.

Manuel Margot has seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and 23 RBIs for the Rays. Randy Arozarena is 12 for 40 with a double, a triple and three home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 5-5, .281 batting average, 5.90 ERA, outscored by three runs

Rays: 6-4, .237 batting average, 3.07 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs

INJURIES: Twins: Nick Gordon: Day to Day (Right Hamstring), Royce Lewis: 60 Day IL (Knee), Kyle Garlick: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Bailey Ober: 15 Day IL ( groin), Sonny Gray: IL 15 days (chest), Danny Coulombe: IL 15 days (hip), Joe Ryan: IL 10 days (covid-19), Cody Stashak: IL 15 days (shoulder), Josh Winder: 15 – Day IL (shoulder), Miguel Sano: 60 days IL (knee), Chris Paddack: 60 days IL (elbow), Jhon Romero: 60 days IL (biceps), Jorge Alcala: 60 days IL (elbow), Randy Dobnak: IL 60 days (finger), Kenta Maeda: IL 60 days (elbow)

Spokes: Andrew Kittredge: IL 60 days (elbow), Mike Zunino: IL 10 days (shoulder), JP Feyereisen: IL 15 days (shoulder), Wander Franco: IL 10 days (quadricep), JT Chargois: 60 -Day IL ( oblique), Chris Mazza: 60 days IL (back), Brandon Lowe: 10 days IL (back), Luis Patino: 60 days IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60 days IL (shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60 days IL ( lat), Tyler Glasnow: IL 60 days (elbow), Nick Anderson: IL 60 days (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: IL 60 days (elbow)

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