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TEX@TB: Odorizzi goes six scoreless in 2014 debut

Tuesday's Rays-Orioles game was postponed due to rain. Wednesday the weather should accommodate baseball, but it won't be comfortable.

Gametime temperature for the Wednesday afternoon affair at Camden Yards should be in the high 30s or low 40s.

Each member of both clubs will don No. 42 to celebrate the legacy of Jackie Robinson, who was honored throughout the league on Tuesday.

Fighting the frost will be right-hander Jake Odorizzi and fellow righty Miguel Gonzalez, who will start for the Rays and Orioles, respectively.

"I've pitched in cold weather pretty much my whole life, so it's a pretty familiar thing," said Odorizzi, who is a native of Illinois.

Odorizzi will try to rebound from last Wednesday's start when he pitched three scoreless innings before giving up a career-high seven runs in the fourth and fifth.

Odorizzi and Rays manager Joe Maddon both thought Odorizzi's stuff was good and that he simply got bit by the fortunes of baseball, particularly in regard to a three-run homer by Alex Gordon that got up into the wind and blew out over the wall in right-center field at Kauffman Stadium.

The seven runs were the most allowed by a Rays starter since Jeremy Hellickson gave up eight runs against the Royals on June 13, 2013.

"I talked to him and I said, 'Listen, man, don't be confused, you threw the ball well,'" Maddon said. "Sometimes you go through some tough moments because the other teams are pros, too.

"You have to really evaluate it for what it is to see exactly what's going on. Because I don't want ... guys who are throwing the ball well, and because they have a little bit of a bad run going against them think they have to change anything. Just keep doing what you're doing and it's going to come back to you."

Odorizzi did not feel well Monday night, so he remained at the team hotel rather that heading to Camden Yards. He felt fine on Tuesday, but he wasn't too upset about his start being delayed.

"I think it all worked out for me personally... I don't think it can hurt any," Odorizzi said. "An extra day's not going to hurt me in the least bit."

Gonzalez is off to a rough start this season after allowing 10 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings, though he gave the Orioles a quality start his last time out when he held the Yankees to three runs in six innings on Thursday in New York.

Orioles: Stinging the Rays
Since breaking into the Major Leagues in 2009, Matt Wieters leads the Major Leagues in batting average against Tampa Bay (minimum of 150 at-bats), as he's hit .340 against the Rays.

His 53 RBIs are tied for second with Robinson Cano, trailing only Adam Lind (54), and his 15 homers are fourth-most in that span against the Rays.

Wieters' 15 home runs against the Rays are his most against any opponent (Yankees second with 13).

Rays: Lumber in slumber
In the Rays' last eight games, beginning April 6 against the Rangers, the Rays are 3-5 and have been outscored 34-14.

During that span, the Rays have averaged 1.75 runs per game while hitting .192.

In the six games prior to the slump, the Rays scored 31 runs (5.2 runs per game) while batting .267.

Worth noting
• Nick Markakis' next extra-base hit will tie him with Rafael Palmeiro (434) for ninth place on the Orioles all-time list.

• Monday night's 7-1 Orioles win over the Rays marked the Orioles' first victory in a series opener since they beat the Red Sox on Opening Day.

• The Rays are 4-0 in one-run games this season -- accounting for their last four wins -- including two 1-0 decisions. Comments