The Rays, coming off a four-game split with the Jays, will start a three-game series tonight with the Rangers.
RHP Jake Odorizzi, named the fifth starter in the rotation late in spring, is excited to make his season debut, believing he's a "different" pitcher from the one people saw last year.
RF Wil Myers, scratched from Thursday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, said he's feeling much better, and will start tonight.
INF Sean Rodriguez is back, just one day after his wife Giselle gave birth to their fourth child, a baby boy named Zekiel. Rodriguez said it was special, like the other ones, though noting the family is probably done expanding. "I've definitely got my infield down, from first to third," he joked. Rodriguez will start today against Rangers lefty Joe Saunders.
Since Saunders is tough on lefties, 1B James Loney is not in the lineup, neither is Matt Joyce. Logan Forsythe and Brandon Guyer get the start.
The Rangers look a little different, without Ian Kinsler, but have Prince Fielder and Shin Soo Choo.