Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Odorizzi, Gonzalez set to square off in series finale

The Orioles and Rays will conclude their Opening Series on Wednesday night, with O's righty Miguel Gonzalez opposing Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi.
Baltimore, which welcomed Chris Davis back from the restricted list, is expected to have the slugger play first base, while Tampa Bay will wait to see the availability of James Loney, who was a late scratch from Tuesday's starting lineup.
Things to know about this game
• Odorizzi will make his first start of the season after completing his first full season in the Major Leagues in 2014. His season total of 174 strikeouts fell one shy of Matt Moore's club rookie record set in 2012. He last faced the Orioles on Aug. 25 at Baltimore when he allowed career highs in hits (11), runs (8), and homers (4). In that game, he became the first Ray to allow four home runs in a game since James Shields on June 2, 2011, at Seattle.
• With John Jaso on the shelf nursing a left-wrist contusion, the Rays will use David DeJesus at DH Wednesday night.
• Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to get everyone involved before the team heads back north to Baltimore and -- in addition to Davis in the field -- is leaning toward backup catcher Ryan Lavarnway getting the nod on Wednesday.
• Gonzalez was matched up with the Rays because of how well he's pitched at their home dome. In five starts at Tropicana Field, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA.

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