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Rays: Maddon goes with fuzzy ball

Rays at Royals

When/where: 2:10 today; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00)

ROYALS: RH Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.65)

On Odorizzi: Made major-league debut in Kansas City with Royals in September 2012, faced them last June at Trop. Earned first big-league win on Thursday vs. Jays, working 6 innings.

On Guthrie: Veteran turned on Tuesday has faced Rays 23 times (21 starts), going 8-11, 4.11. Beat White Sox on Friday in Royals home opener, working into the 6th. Won a career-high 15 games in '13.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. GUTHRIE

Yunel Escobar 3-for-23 HR

Matt Joyce 13-for-32 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 13-for-38

ROYALS VS. ODORIZZI

Lorenzo Cain 1-for-2

Alcides Escobar 0-for-2

Eric Hosmer 1-for-1 HR

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Reds, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 4.05); Reds — RH Johnny Cueto (0-0, 1.93)

Saturday: at Reds, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 3.00); Reds — RH Alfredo Simon (1-0, 1.29)

Sunday: at Reds, 1:10. Rays — TBA; Reds — LH Tony Cingrani (0-1, 2.45)

Rays roster

Starters (4): LH David Price, RH Alex Cobb, RH Chris Archer, RH Jake Odorizzi

Relievers (8): RH Grant Balfour, LH Jeff Beliveau, RH Heath Bell, RH Brandon Gomes, RH Josh Lueke, LH Jake McGee, RH Joel Peralta, LH Cesar Ramos

Catchers (2): Ryan Hanigan, Jose Molina

Infielders (6): SS Yunel Escobar, UTIL Logan Forsythe, 1B James Loney, 3B Evan Longoria, UTIL Sean Rodriguez, 2B Ben Zobrist

Outfielders (5): David DeJesus, Brandon Guyer, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Wil Myers

Disabled list (4): INF Tim Beckham, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, LHP Matt Moore

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tip of the hat

The Rays broke out new cold-weather ski hats on this trip, complete with the fuzzy ball on top. While some had the top trimmed, manager Joe Maddon wore his proudly. "I think the original knit hat like this came equipped with the fuzzy top, so I'm not opposed to going with it," he said. "I don't feel less masculine for keeping it on the top of my hat."

Birthday boy

Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson, recovering from elbow surgery, celebrated his 27th birthday Tuesday with family who made the three-hour drive from their Des Moines, Iowa, home. His mom came just for lunch, and also dropped off a cake for him at the stadium. One problem: It was also Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie's birthday, so the cake apparently got sent to the Royals clubhouse. "Still trying to track it down," Hellickson said.

Number of the day

12

Consecutive wins by the Rays vs. starters 22 and younger after Tuesday's victory in a game started by Yordano Ventura.

Rays: Maddon goes with fuzzy ball 04/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 11:33pm]
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