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Jake Odorizzi Makes HIs Rays Debut In Afternoon Affair Versus Blue Jays

The Rays continue a stretch of 12 games in a row against AL East opponents fresh off a 3-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles improving their record to a season high 3 games over .500 at 23-20. They take on a Toronto Blue Jays team that had lost their last two games in New York but received a mental health day as their contest Sunday was rained out. Overall the Blue Jays record stands at a disappointing 17-26 and they are in last place in the AL East.

[1]Jake Odorizzi [2] will make his Tampa Bay Rays debut as he looks to fill the giant shoes of injured starter David Price [3]. He was acquired from the Kansas City Royals along with Wil Myers [4], Mike Montgomery [5], and Patrick Leonard [6] in exchange for James Shields [7], Wade Davis [8], and Elliot Johnson [9] in December 2012. While with the Royals last season he made 2 September starts and went 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA.

He last appeared for the Durham Bulls Wednesday against the Rochester Red Wings and went 5.2 innings allowing 6R/ER on 6 hits while striking out 6, walking 2, and allowing 3 home runs and made 99 pitches. Overall with the Bulls he has a 4-0 record with a 3.83 ERA.

The Rays will square off against reigning NL Cy Young [10] Award winner R.A. Dickey [11] who is 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA. It will be the second time the Rays have seen Dickey this season. On May 9th he worked 6 innings allowing 3R/2ER while walking 5 and striking out 5. He was pitted against reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price but neither was involved in the decision with the Rays winning the game 5-4 on a 10th inning game ending walk issued to Luke Scott [12].

Rays Lineup:

Desmond Jennings [13] (CF), Matt Joyce (LF), Ben Zobrist [14] (2b), Evan Longoria [15] (3b), James Loney [16] (1b), Luke Scott (DH), Sam Fuld [17] (LF), Jose Lobaton [18] (C), Yunel Escobar [19] (SS)

Blue Jays Lineup: 

Melky Cabrera [20] (LF), Jose Bautista [21] (RF), Edwin Encarnacion [22] (1B), Adam Lind [23] (DH), Brett Lawrie [24] (3B), Colby Rasmus [25] (CF), Emilio Bonifacio [26] (2B), Henry Blanco [27] (C), Munenori Kawasaki [28] (SS)

Roster Moves:

We hardly knew you Mr. Beliveau. After the game the Rays sent reliever Jeff Beliveau [29] back to Triple-A Durham and activated Jake Odorizzi.

The Blue Jays have optioned RHP Mickey Storey [30] to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled OF Anthony Gose [31].