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Rays | Competition for fifth starter continues

Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos all pitched Monday, March 10, as they fight for the fifth spot in the rotation. In his first start of the spring, Odorizzi lasted 2 1/3 innings; he allowed two hits and one walk, also hitting a batter and striking out one. He's still working on the splitter-changeup he has dubbed "The Thing." Bedard, cultivating a changeup of his own, yielded three runs on five hits in three frames. Ramos gave up five hits and two runs in 4 1/3 frames. Manager Joe Maddon said spring training results will not dictate his selection for the fifth starter.

Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi stands as the favorite and is most worth a deep-mixed speculation, but this could be a mix-and-match situation until Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) returns, and even afterward.

2014-03-11 06:14:36 | Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roger Mooney

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