Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Odorizzi passport delivery; Beliveau girlfriend trip; Moonlight Graham

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (season debut)

Jays: RH R.A. Dickey (3-5, 4.83)

No Jakin': Odorizzi, 23, was a first-round pick of the Brewers in 2008, traded to the Royals (in the Zack Greinke deal) and then to the Rays. He has been compared style-wise to Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson. He went 0-1, 4.91 in two big-league games in 2012.

Knuckling under: The 2012 National League Cy Young winner was pushed back after Sunday's rainout and faces the Rays for the second time in three starts. He went six innings, allowing three runs and five hits, in a May 9 no-decision. Overall, he is 1-2, 5.13 in eight games against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Dickey

Matt Joyce 2-for-10, HR

Kelly Johnson 2-for-7

James Loney 2-for-10

Jays vs. Odorizzi

None have faced

On deck

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-2. 2.89); Jays — Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.35)

Wednesday: at Blue Jays, 4:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.82); Jays — Mark Buehrle (1-3, 6.33)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 5.24); Yankees — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible Wednesday

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Special delivery

Because RHP Jake Odorizzi didn't have his passport with him on Triple-A Durham's trip to Rochester, he needed to make special arrangements for today's start in Toronto. His wife, Carissa, was going to send it FedEx from Durham to Baltimore. But when she couldn't find an open outlet, they decided she would just fly to Baltimore with it Saturday, then go on to Toronto. "I'm much happier to get a package from her in person than a FedEx," Odorizzi said.

Nice side trip

LHP Jeff Beliveau already had a nice birthday present for girlfriend Alyssa Fioravanti, flying her down from Rhode Island to Durham for the weekend. Then when he got called up for the day, he brought her along to Baltimore. "A nice little vacation within a vacation," Beliveau said.

Quote of the day

"It was almost like meeting Moonlight Graham for the first time."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on new LHP Jeff Beliveau, who was acquired in April and spent Sunday with the Rays before being sent back down to Durham

 
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