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Twins 6, Rays 3: Rays Drop Matinee

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Homers from Nick Franklin and Evan Longoria were not enough offense to overcome the Twins on Sunday.

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In 2011, they made a movie about Miguel Angel Sano. In August of 2016, he made his own highlight reel. Sano mashed a three-run homer in the top of the 3rd off of Matt Andriese to give the twins an early lead, and followed that up with a solo shot in the top of the 9th for good measure.

The Tampa Bay offense failed to get much going today against Kyle Gibson or the Minnesota bullpen, with the exception of solo homers by Nick Franklin (!) in the 3rd and Evan Longoria in the 8th. Nick had himself a day today, scoring in the first as well thanks to an RBI single from Brad Miller.

The importance of Matt Andries's role with the Rays has certainly increased with the recent trade of Matt Moore. Andriese wasn't lights out today, needing quite a bit of help from his bullpen after going just 4 2/3 innings. Matt scattered six hits, five strikeouts and a walk over that time, with his one errant fastball to Sano responsible for his three earned runs.

6-3 was your final, dragging the Rays' record to 45-65 on the season. Now just one game in the loss column away from dead last in the American League, the race to the bottom continues. The Rays pack their bags and head up to Toronto next, where the Blue Jays are in a heated battle with the O's and Red Sox for the lead in the East, as well as one or both of the hotly contested wild card spots in play. Jake Odorizzi toes the rubber Monday night against R.A. Dickey.