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For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, on a long homestand

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off a solid start vs. the Cardinals.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off a solid start vs. the Cardinals.

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UPDATE, 5:45: Maddon pretty much admits this is the crucial stretch of the season if Rays are going to turn things around, plans extra work - almost like a spring training focus on fundamentals - this week for players.

"I think the best way to turn up the mental sharpness is through fundamental work,'' Maddon said.

Also, Maddon and other team officials surprised to see a change made in outfield fence, a section in left-centerfield was cut out to allow fans to watch. Maddon had some concerns that it may impact left-handed hitters as they try to pick up pitches from right-handed pitchers.

UPDATE, 5:39: Maddon says Escobar has been talked to - in English and Spanish - and that his lack of hustle in Sunday's game is a moot point. Also that he doesn't anticipate it happening again. ... Maddon decided to keep Loney in the lineup at DH in part because he likes idea of Sands as a pinch-hitter late. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson makes third rehab start on Tuesday, is possible he makes a fourth on the 22nd, which lines him up for doubleheader on June 27. ... The Orioles announced that C Matt Wieters is having Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Orioles lineup:
Markakis rf
Machado 3b
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Cruz dh
HArdy ss
Lough lf
Flaherty 2b
Joseph c
Chen p

UPDATE, 3:18: Bit of a different look to the Rays lineup tonight vs. LHP Chen, with Escobar second and Zobrist cleanup.

Rays lineup:

Jennings cf
Escobar ss
Longoria 3b
Zobrist lf
Loney dh
Rodriguez 1b
Forsythe 2b
Hanigan c
Kiermaier rf
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: After winning two of three over the weekend in Houston, the Rays are back at the Trop to open a 10-game homestand starting tonight against the Orioles.

RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, coming off a solid start vs. the Cardinals. The Orioles are starting LHP Wei-Yin Chen, who tends to be tough on the Rays. In his last start vs. Boston Chen blanked the Red Sox through seven innings and struck out a season-high seven.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 6:05pm]

    

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