Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Odorizzi has rare off game as Rays lose to Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi didn't have confidence in his changeup Tuesday, so he tried to beat the Orioles with his fastball. The result was a four-inning outing as the Rays lost 11-2.

"You need more than a fastball," Odorizzi said, "and even my fastball was just kind of spotty."

Odorizzi allowed seven runs for the second time this season, the last four coming on 3B Manny Machado's grand slam that capped a six-run fourth.

"To sum it up, it was a bad outing against a good team," said Odorizzi, whose winning streak ended at six games.

2B Logan Forsythe set a career high for home runs with his 18th leading off the first. It was the 500th hit of his career. CF Kevin Kiermaier extended his hitting streak to 10 games and stole his 14th consecutive base.

DUFFY SCRATCHED, SURGERY SOON: SS Matt Duffy, scratched from the lineup because of a sore left Achilles tendon, is scheduled to have surgery this week on his left heel to alleviate the condition that is causing the soreness, as first reported Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said the team was aware of this when it traded for Duffy on Aug. 1.

"He can play through the pain, but at this point his focus is on making sure he is healthy for 2017 and that is our focus, too," Silverman said.

By having the surgery at the end of this week, Duffy will be finished with rehab and can resume his normal offseason workouts by December. That will have him ready for spring training.

Manager Kevin Cash said UTL Nick Franklin and 1B Brad Miller will play shortstop during the rest of the season. Cash said Franklin is a frontrunner to be the utility fielder next season. Adding shortstop to his resume will increase his versatility and value. Cash also reiterated that Miller is the team's first baseman.

Silverman said there may be another wave of callups but didn't say if INF Tim Beckham or UTL Taylor Motter would be among them. "For Tim and some of the other guys, a big part of our future, very excited about it, just the opportunity right now is not one we think is appropriate," he said.

THE CALLUPS: Cash said he wants 1B/3B Richie Shaffer to play but acknowledged it will be difficult with 3B Evan Longoria and Miller in the lineup nearly every day. He said Shaffer could see time at DH while waiting for a chance to play a corner spot. Cash said Mikie Mahtook will get some starts in the outfield.

NOTEWORTHY: Longoria said his right hand, which was struck by a pitch Monday, was sore but not enough to keep him out of the lineup. … RHP Chris Archer was the Rays' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for a second straight year. The award is given to a player who exemplifies sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions on and off the field.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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