The Tampa Bay Rays have named their fifth starter: right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla., after the Rays' 3-3 tie with the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park. Odorizzi beat out left-handers Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard for the role in a decision that Maddon on Friday said included "spirited discussion."
Odorizzi, 23, was gained in the same seven-player blockbuster trade with the Kansas City Royals that brought outfielder Wil Myers to Tampa Bay in December 2012. He's a career 0-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in nine appearances (37 innings) with the Royals and Rays. He was 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 22 strikeouts in seven appearances (four starts) last year.
Though Maddon said spring results carried little weight, Odorizzi's numbers in the exhibition season have been respectable. He was 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and eight strikeouts in five appearances (two starts). Ramos, meanwhile, had no sprin...