Rays off-day: Odorizzi goes 5 strong innings vs minor-leaguers
UPDATE, 2:52: Odorizzi was quite pleased after a solid 5-inning outing against a Red Sox team that featured highly paid Cuban Yoan Moncada. Odorizzi allowed only three hits and no runs, walking none and striking out four while throwing 77 pitches, 53 for strikes.
"I'm extremely happy with how today went,'' Odorizzi said. "The first time you go out there for five innings you feel like you are out there for forever after you haven't been out there for more than 2-3. It was good to get up and down that many times, especially with the heat out there today.
"I'm happy with how everything went and I'm happy with how my arm feels right now.''
DEVELOPING: The Rays are off today, but RHP Jake Odorizzi will be working in a minor-league game at 1 p.m. so he can remain on his planned throwing schedule.
Odorizzi is scheduled for five innings or 75 pitches against a Red Sox minor-league team. Rene Rivera will catch Odorizzi, but the Rays won't have him bat since it is a Class A game, and the first one of the spring for the minor-leaguers.
Odorizzi, who is lined up to be the Rays No. 3 starter, will then will pitch in another minor-league game Monday while the team is in Cuba.