The Twins start a 3-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field Friday night at 7:10, pregame on WJON at 6:40.  Righthander Cole DeVries (2-2) gets the start on the mound for the Twins and righthander Jeremy Hellickson (6-7) gets the start for the Rays.  Trevor Plouffe will reportedly take batting practice today but will likely need a rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan indicated Thursday that Tsuyoshi Nishioka will remain with the team but it will be up to Manager Ron Gardenhire whether or not he will play.  Nishioka is 0-12 with 3 errors for the Twins in 3 games this season.