Sunday, April 10, 2016

Odorizzi, Worley square off following rainout

In the aftermath of Saturday night's postponed game, the weekend's cold weather series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will conclude on Sunday afternoon with the Rays hoping to earn a split in the 1:35 ET contest.
Jake Odorizzi will start for Tampa Bay, and the right-hander knows he'll be facing a solid Baltimore lineup.
"They're aggressive, that's their M.O.," Odorizzi said. "Just have to make good pitches early. Just have to get ahead. That's the main thing with this team, you have to get ahead of them. And just be in the driver's seat and sit there in the driver's seat and see what they can do pretty quickly."
Odorizzi respects the Orioles' lineup for their ability to not chase pitches outside the strike zone.
"Any time a team is in a non-chase mode, you have to come to them and get them out inside the zone," Odorizzi said. "That's usually the toughest test, when you have to throw your stuff in the zone to manufacture outs. ... Any time you have to be around the zone more, it's a little tougher on the pitcher. Some games you just have to do that sort of thing."
Vance Worley, who won one of the final spots in the Orioles' rotation this spring, will be making his club debut. The right-hander is the last Baltimore rotation member to make his debut, and he was selected for the No. 5 starter spot on Friday. He was chosen over Tyler Wilson, who pitched in relief in Monday's Opening Day game.
Things to know about this game
• Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy were not scheduled to start Saturday, though manager Buck Showalter said they are "close," and he didn't rule out either player on Sunday.
• Steve Pearce was scheduled to play first base for the Rays on Saturday night, and Corey Dickerson was going to play left field. Cash did not know if that would carry over to Sunday's lineup. The manager has been struggling to find playing time for some of his right-handers since the beginning of the season.
• Saturday night's postponed game pushed back the decision on when the Rays would need to find a fifth starter. Tampa Bay has used a four-man rotation to start the season due to multiple off-days. Cash had thought that Wednesday would be the right time to either bring up a fifth starter or have a "bullpen day" to cover the spot.

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