Sunday, June 19, 2016

Peavy back in AL park to face Odorizzi, Rays

The Giants and Rays will finish their Interleague series at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon, with former American League pitcher Jake Peavy getting another look at Tampa Bay and Jake Odorizzi facing San Francisco for the first time. The Giants will be going for the road sweep while trying to extend their winning streak to eight games.
Peavy (3-6, 5.83 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants in his 14th start of the season. The former NL Cy Young winner was originally scheduled to start in Saturday's game, but manager Bruce Bochy pushed the veteran back a day to give him more time to heal from a sore neck.
Peavy pitched in the AL from 2009-14. The righty, who's 2-0 in four career starts at Tropicana Field, said the Giants' pitching staff is aware that the Rays have home run hitters up and down their order, and they have a focus on keeping the ball in the ballpark.
"It's the same style of Tampa Bay baseball that's always played," Peavy said. "They pitch well as they always do."
Odorizzi (3-3, 3.79) will try to avoid the big inning. He has given up four runs in an inning four times this season, which is tied for third in the majors. In his last start, four of the five earned runs allowed by Odorizzi came in the second inning against the Mariners.
One of the problems for the righty is the use of his changeup, a pitch that he used to count on to put away hitters.
"It hasn't been reliable [this season] and that's been hard on me," Odorizzi said. "That's my go-to pitch."
Three things to know
• Desmond Jennings is one of the two players expected to be in the lineup Sunday that have had double-digit career at-bats against Giants starter Jake Peavy. The outfielder is batting .250 (3-for-12) against Peavy, with a double and a home run.
• Evan Longoria is swinging one of the hottest bats in the Majors, but Peavy has generally had success against him. Longoria has a lifetime batting average of .238 (5-for-21) against Peavy, with a triple and a home run. Longoria was 2-for-3 on Saturday with a double and a homer. He has eight home runs in the month of June.
• Including Sunday, the Giants' next 22 games will come against teams below .500. Fifteen of those games are against teams in last place or second to last in their respective divisions. The Giants are 28-13 against teams below .500 this season.

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