ST. PETERSBURG — By all accounts, it was a bad start, and manager Joe Maddon would like RHP Jake Odorizzi to think of his last outing as nothing more than that.
“Sometimes you just have to file it,” Maddon said. “They are professionals on the other side. They’re good too. Sometimes it doesn’t work in your favor. They’re out there to beat your butt, and sometimes they do that, and it’s up to you to process that properly, move it along and not get hung up on it.”
By all accounts, Odorizzi has done just that after allowing a career-high eight runs on a career-high 11 hits, including a career-high four home runs, during Monday’s 9-1 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore.
“Move on to the next one,” Odorizzi said Friday afternoon.
The rookie right-hander returns to the mound tonight against the Red Sox knowing he had nothing in his last start and the Orioles made him pay.
If anything needed fixing, it was his fastball that was moving side-to-side rather than down in the strike zone. Odorizzi’s fastball is not overpowering — normally around 92 mph — but it has the appearance of getting in on the hitters more quickly. But when it remains flat in the zone, it becomes easier to hit, especially against a lineup like Baltimore’s.
“That’s an easy fix for him,” Maddon said.
The answer is in the way Odorizzi rotates his shoulders during the delivery. Odorizzi said he is not concerned it will become an issue tonight.
Maddon is eager to see how Odorizzi bounces back, since it’s been a while since he’s turned in a bad outing.
“It’s not about the bad, it’s how you handle the bad day,” Maddon said. “That’s what really sets people apart. We play every night, and as much as we want to be perfect every night, it’s not going to happen. It’s the accountable group who admit when they (mess) up, analyze it properly, not make it complicated, fix it relatively quickly, that they will be able to stay on task the whole year.”
Mystery Ball tonight
The Rays wives will hold their fourth annual Mystery Ball event during tonight’s game to benefit All Children’s Hospital.
For $40, fans can purchase a bag containing a baseball autographed by a player, coach or player from another team, including Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Yu Darvish and Giancarlo Stanton.
The event, co-chaired by Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton and his wife, Ali, has raised nearly $100,000 during the past three years.
The Rays will honor Yankees SS Derek Jeter before their Sept. 16 game against the Yankees. ... CF Desmond Jennings was scratched before Friday’s game with a sore left knee. Kevin Kiermaier moved over from right field and started his 12th game this season in center. ... Prior to Friday’s game, OF Matt Joyce helped the Rays recognize the 2013-14 class of Helios Education Foundation. The Rays Baseball Foundation and Helios teamed up to provide $1 million in college scholarships over a five-year period to area children who participate in the Take Stock in Children program.