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Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins, Jake Odorizzi takes on Bartolo Colon

The Twins are clinging to a wild card spot, and the Rays need a winning streak.

Minnesota Twins v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays took game one from the Minnesota Twins last night in convincing fashion as they defeated them by the score of 11-4. Every game is crucial for the Rays and they have the opportunity to gain major ground on the team that is currently in possession of the second Wild Card spot.

With the victory last night, the Rays improved to 69-70 on the season, just three games back in the Wild Card chase, while there are still six teams ahead of them.

The Twins meanwhile, fell to 71-66 on the season, with a half game lead over the Los Angeles Angels.

Starting Pitchers

It was more of the same for Jake Odorizzi during his last start as he struggled to pitch deep in the game, departing after just five innings pitched. He still managed to pick up his first victory since July 17th. Odorizzi allowed three runs on four hits — one home run — while he walked three and struck out three.

Bartolo Colon in his 20th season goes to the hill for the Minnesota Twins. Since joining the Twins in early August, Colon has been pretty solid, averaging over six innings a start and has a ERA/FIP combo of 3.40/5.08. His last start came on the 31st against the White Sox where he allowed three runs on 10 hits, while he walked none and struck out eight over six innings pitched.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

Brian Dozier - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Joe Mauer - 1B Lucas Duda - DH
Jorge Polanco - SS Evan Longoria - 3B
Eddie Rosario - LF Logan Morrison - 1B
Byron Buxton - CF Steven Souza - RF
Max Kepler - RF Corey Dickerson - LF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Wilson Ramos - C
Jason Castro - C Brad Miller - 2B
Robbie Grossman - DH Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Bartolo Colon - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP