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Tampa Bay scored 8 runs in the first two innings, chasing Twins starter Cole Devries after just 1 1/3 iunings as the Rays pounded the Twins Friday night at Target Field 12-6.
· The 2012 Target Field attendance is now 1,966,752 through 56 home dates…the Twins need just 33,248 more in attendance to reach the 2-million mark for the eighth consecutive season (since 2005) and for the 14th time in club history…if the Twins were to reach 2-million tomorrow, it would mark the fourth-fewest home dates to 2-million in club history…they reached 2-million in their 51st home date in 2010 and 2011, and in their 56th in 1988.
· Cole De Vries’ 1.1 innings pitched marked the second-shortest outing for a Twins starter this season, behind P.J. Walters’ start, June 13 vs. Philadelphia, when he left without recording an out (shoulder pain).
· Joe Mauer hit his 240th career double in the first inning, passing Michael Cuddyer and moving into sole possession of eighth place on the Twins all-time list…next is Gary Gaetti with 252.
· Mauer’s three hits gave him 1,218 for his career, tying him with Torii Hunter for seventh on the Twins all-time list.
· Mauer is a career .385 (57-for-148) hitter against Rays pitching, the highest in baseball among actives.
· Josh Willingham recorded his 84th rbi of the season with a first inning single…he entered play today, third in baseball in rbi, behind Miguel Cabrera (95) and Josh Hamilton (95)…Willingham has driven in a run in 54 of 108 games played this season.
· Ben Revere (1-for-4) has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 games, batting .357 (35-for-98) in that span.
· Ryan Doumit hit his 13th home run in the fourth inning…he is just two away from tying his single-season career-high of 15, done in 2008 with Pittsburgh.
· The Doumit home run marked the 100th of the season for the Twins…they are just three away from their 2011 total of 103.