For starters, Rays at Mariners, seeking to build

Jake Odorizzi, coming off his much improved outing last week, will be on the mound vs. the Mariners' Brandon Maurer.

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Jake Odorizzi, coming off his much improved outing last week, will be on the mound vs. the Mariners' Brandon Maurer.

UPDATE, 2:40: Maddon said he was confident in Odorizzi today, that the key is mixing his pitches and specifically throwing more breaking balls early in the counts. ... Much praise this morning for what Price did, and an interesting note that he threw 69 fastballs among his 109 pitches, and no cutters. Maddon has always wanted him to throw more fastballs and said he hoped Price would continue to pitch that way. ... LHP Erik Bedard, who had soreness in his pec muscle, reiterated that he felt good and was set for Thursday's game in Anaheim, where temps will be in the 100s during the day.

UPDATE, 2:34: Rays lineup has a slightly different look, with red-hot DeJesus - 9-game streak, .397 since snapping 0-for-24 in April - in the No. 3 spot.

Rays lineup:
Joyce lf
Zobrist 2b
DeJesus dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Jennings cf
Escobar ss
Hanigan c
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: Coming off their dramatic come-from-behind win over the Mariners on Tuesday night, the Rays are back at Safeco Field this morning for a 12:40 local time matinee.

RHP Jake Odorizzi, coming off his much improved outing last week, will be on the mound vs. RHP Brandon Maurer.

Struggling much of the season thus far, the Rays have been searching for a moment to give them some momentum and are hopeful that their comeback win against former teammate Fernando Rodney - and including a dominant start by David Price - will carry over.

It was the first time they won a game when trailing after eight innings since last August - also a Price start vs. Seattle - after losing their last 37, 20 this season.

Price logged his 10th career complete game, and sixth since coming off the DL on July 2, 2013, more than any other team in the majors over that span.

Mariners lineup
Jones cf
Romero rf
Cano 2b
Hart DH
Smoak 1b
Seager 3b
Ackley lf
Buck c
Miller ss
Maurer p

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