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Cobb replaces Odorizzi as starter against Yankees

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Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2013 at 06:54 AM

TORONTO The Tampa Bay Rays will take advantage of Thursday’s off day and juggle the rotation for this weekend’s series at home with the Yankees.

Alex Cobb will be moved up and start Sunday’s game. Rookie Jake Odorizzi, originally slated to pitch Sunday, will be pushed back to Monday and face the Marlins.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said the move was based on experience.

“Why not give Cobb the tougher assignment,” Maddon said. “Everything speaks to it.”

Cobb pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees earlier this season in a game the Rays won 3-0. He is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.

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