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For starters, Rays at Cardinals, seeking six, with Odorizzi eighth

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, pitching before what is likely to be hundreds of relatives and friends making the 30-some mile drive him his hometown of Highland, Ill.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, pitching before what is likely to be hundreds of relatives and friends making the 30-some mile drive him his hometown of Highland, Ill.

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UPDATE, 7:47: Maddon said he had several reasons to bat Odorizzi eighth, primarily because it allowed for the the possibility of pinch-hitting sooner and to keep Kiermaier hitting in front of leadoff man Desmond Jennings. ... The Rays announced David Price will start Friday against Boston but have not set the rest of the weekend rotation, with Jeremy Hellickson expected to come back from the minors and start one of the two games. 

UPDATE, 5:52: Manager Joe Maddon got creative with his lineup under NL rules tonight, batting RHP Jake Odorizzi - who hasn't hit in a game since high school -  eighth so he could keep OF Kevin Kiermaier ninth.

"I'm protecting him,'' Kiermaier joked.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist 2b
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
Molina c
Odorizzi p
Kiermaier rf

Cardinals lineup:
Carpenter 3b
Wong 4
Holliday lf
Adams 1b
Peralta ss
Craig rf
Jay cf
Cruz c
Wainwright p

 

UPDATE, 4:03: The Rays did indeed put Peralta on the DL and recalled Beliveau.

DEVELOPING: After having Monday off, the Rays are back at it tonight, seeking  to extend their winning streak to six games as they take on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, pitching before what is likely to be hundreds of relatives and friends making the 30-some mile drive him his hometown of Highland, Ill. The Cardinals are starting ace RHP Adam Wainwright, in his first appearance since he started Tuesday's All-Star Game, and found himself at the center of controversy after saying - and then recanting - that he grooved a pitch to Derek Jeter.

The Rays are expected to soon announce a roster move, with RHP Joel Peralta going on the DL and LHP Jeff Beliveau expected to be called up.

Odorizzi isn't the only Rays member with his own cheering section, as Ben Zobrist chartered two buses to bring 90 of his relatives in from their hometown in Eureka, Ill.

Lineups when available.

 

 

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