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Wednesday, April 9th (All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (5-4) at Kansas City Royals (3-4), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00) Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 6.35)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Right-handed prospect Jake Odorizzi heads back to Kansas City on Wednesday afternoon for his first start since being traded from the Royals to the Tampa Bay Rays, who'll visit Kauffman Stadium to close out a three-game series.
The 24-year-old was with the Royals when he made his big-league debut in 2012 and made two starts with a 4.91 earned run average in 7 1/3 innings. He was dealt to the Rays in that offseason in a transaction that sent Tampa Bay workhorse James Shields to Kansas City.
He faced the Royals in Florida and allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief in one meeting last season, then earned his initial major-league victory on Friday for the Rays, beating Texas after throwing six scoreless innings and allowing three hits in an 8-1 win.
For Kansas City, veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie gets start No. 2 for the season after an unimpressive, but successful debut on Friday.
Guthrie emerged with a 7-5 over the Chicago White Sox after toiling 5 2/3 innings and allowing seven hits and four runs with four walks and a hit batsman.
He won his initial two starts of 2013 as well and ended the year with a career-best 15-12 record in 33 starts.
Guthrie dropped a 5-3 decision at Tampa Bay in June 2013, but gave up just one run in five innings of an 11-1 win in Kansas City in August.
On Tuesday, James Loney's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning vaulted the Rays past the Royals, 1-0.
Wil Myers led off the ninth against Greg Holland (0-1) with an infield single and later moved to second on a wild pitch with two outs. Loney then laced a single to right field to plate Myers for the go-ahead run.
Mike Moustakas reached in the home half with a lead off single, but Grant Balfour retired the next three hitters in order to pick up his second save.
Rays starter Chris Archer scattered six hits and struck out four over seven scoreless frames. Joel Peralta (1-1) recorded the final out of the eighth to earn the win.
Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura allowed just two hits and struck out six without walking a batter over six scoreless innings.
The Royals were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but left the bases loaded three times.
Kansas City was 6-1 against the Rays last season and has won 11 of the last 15 matchups.
04/09 10:32:51 ET
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