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Rays give Jake Odorizzi the fifth spot in the rotation

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Jake Odorizzi #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 24, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 7-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Rays manager Joe Maddon has named Jake Odorizzi the team’s fifth starter, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As a result, Cesar Ramos will contribute out of the bullpen. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish also reports that Erik Bedard also opted out of his contract with the Rays, who hoped the left-hander would go to Triple-A.

Odorizzi turns 24 years old on Thursday and is looking forward to his first full season in the big leagues. In 29 2/3 innings last year, Odorizzi posted a 3.94 ERA with 22 strikeouts and eight walks. He has consistently been rated among the game’s top-100 prospects dating back to 2011.

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