Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Orioles Tuesday preview

Tonight: vs. Orioles

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: $2 tickets for kids 14 and under with adult ticket purchase

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.97)

ORIOLES: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 3.71)

On Odorizzi: Overcame a terrible first inning Thursday in Boston (37 pitches, six hits, five runs) by holding the Red Sox scoreless (on two hits) in the ensuing three innings. Owns a 2.56 ERA in 32 home starts since the start of 2014, third in the AL (minimum 150 IP). In 19 of those starts, has allowed one earned run or fewer.

On Jimenez: Made a solid 2016 debut (seven IP, eight hits, one ER) in April 7 win vs. Minnesota but has lasted only five innings in each of past two starts. Allowed the leadoff batter to reach base each inning in Wednesday's 4-3 win vs. Toronto but held Blue Jays to 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. JIMENEZ

Desmond Jennings 2-for-19

Evan Longoria 2-for-9

Brad Miller 0-for-3

Logan Morrison 3-for-3

ORIOLES VS. ODORIZZI

Chris Davis 3-for-16, HR

J.J. Hardy 4-for-17, HR

Adam Jones 8-for-20, HR

Manny Machado 7-for-19, 2 HRs

Lunch with the Rays

The Rays' annual St. Pete Chamber Luncheon is today at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon. Expected to attend for the Rays are team president Brian Auld, president of baseball operations Matt Silverman, manager Kevin Cash and players Logan Morrison, Hank Conger, Erasmo Ramirez and Ryan Webb. Tickets can be purchased at stpete.com.

Not a veggie tale

In observance of his 27th birthday (not to mention the two homers he hit in Yankee Stadium earlier in the day), Steven Souza Jr. returned Sunday evening from New York to find a specialty pizza sent by an aunt from St. Louis. "I don't know the name of the restaurant, but my uncle worked there in St. Louis," Souza said. "But it was a meat-lover's pizza, and it was delicious."

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