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Rays down on the farm July 7: Odorizzi sharp in final tune-up

The Rays' rotation is getting another arm back

Tampa Bay's rotation could be as healthy as it's going to get in 2015
Tampa Bay's rotation could be as healthy as it's going to get in 2015
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Pitching up and down the organization was very good on Monday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (44-40)

Scott Diamond shut down Norfolk in Durham's 2-0 win over the Tides. With 99 pitches, he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering just three hits and two walks while striking out five. Preston Guilmet struck out two over the final four outs to wrap up the game. After John Jaso batted 0-for-2 as the Bulls' left fielder, Corey Brown later hit a solo home run for insurance.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (6-4)

Blake Snell was sharp in Montgomery's 5-1 win over Biloxi. He faced the minimum over the first three innings before allowing a couple hits in the fourth that led to the Shuckers' only run. He limited the damage and finished with a run allowed on three hits and two walks in five innings with six strikeouts, and Mark Sappington finished with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Justin O'Conner doubled in a run in the first before a second run scored on a balk, and the Biscuits added three insurance runs in the seventh.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (3-9)

Despite showing The Will To Win deficiencies, Jake Odorizzi appeared ready to return to the majors in Charlotte's 4-0 win over Palm Beach. Odorizzi struck out six and scattered just two hits and a walk over 5 2/3 scoreless innings before Chris Kirsch piggybacked with five punchouts over the final 3 1/3 innings. The Stone Crabs used errors to score a run in both the sixth and seventh innings, and Marty Gantt singled in two insurance runs in the eighth.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-6)

Bowling Green pitching shut down Dayton in its 1-0 win over the Dragons. Starter Chris Pike was able to limit damage despite allowing five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, and Damion Carroll and Mike Franco picked up where he left off by completing the shutout over the final 4 1/3 frames. Dayton conceded the only run of the game on Grant Kay's second-inning groundout.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (9-8)

Hudson Valley had to hang on for a 7-5 win over Staten Island. Cade Gotta had a pair of RBI hits in the first two innings as the Renegades jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and they led 7-0 before Staten Island made it a close game late. After starter Angel Yepez tossed six no-hit innings, Diego Castillo allowed three runs on four hits in an inning of relief as Staten Island attempted its comeback.

Rookie Princeton Rays (8-5)

Princeton scored four unanswered runs to close its 5-4 win over Elizabethton. Peter Maris beat out an infield hit to start the comeback in the fourth, tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth and later scored the go-ahead run. Starter Jose Alvarado allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings, but Spencer Moran was tremendous in long relief, striking out six in 4 1/3 scoreless innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-11)

The GCL Rays offense was shut down again in their 2-0 loss to the GCL Red Sox. In two innings, they were able to get two runners on base with no outs but were unable to come through in each instance. Edwin Fierro started and threw a scoreless inning, and the appropriately named Jeffry Done took the loss, allowing a run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.


Notable performances

A OF Hunter Lockwood: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
A- IF Jake Cronenworth: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
A- OF Cade Gotta: 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 1 SB
A- OF Manny Sanchez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
R+ SS Peter Maris: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
R+ C David Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
R C Samm Wiggins: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 K
AAA LHP Scott Diamond: 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
AA LHP Blake Snell: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
AA RHP Mark Sappington: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
A+ LHP Chris Kirsch: 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
A- RHP Angel Yepez: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
R+ RHP Spencer Moran: 4 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

A OF Thomas Milone: 0-for-4, 2 K
R+ 1B Kewby Meyer: 0-for-4, 2 K
R OF Oscar Rojas: 0-for-4, 2 K
R 1B Devin Davis: 0-for-4, 2 K
A- RHP Diego Castillo: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
R+ LHP Jose Alvarado: 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
TBA v. Junior Guerra (0-3, 2.91)

Montgomery v. Biloxi 8:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Ryne Stanek (3-2, 3.82) v. Johnny Hellweg (0-0, -.--)

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Brent Honeywell (0-2, 11.88) v. TBA

Bowling Green v. Dayton 1:05 PM (radio stream)
Yonny Chirinos (0-0, -.--) v. Tejay Antone (4-6, 2.45)

Hudson Valley is off

Princeton v. Elizabethton 7 PM
Blake Bivens (1-0, 5.59) v. Alexis Tapia (1-0, 0.82)

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 7/5)
48-37 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 365 R (3rd) .724 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (6th) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee) (updated through 7/4)
Offense: 323 R (4th) .705 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (2nd) 1.21 WHIP (1st)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Tyrone Taylor (1), SS Orlando Arcia (2), RHP Tyler Wagner (9), OF Michael Reed (14), RHP Jorge Lopez (15), OF Victor Roach (18), LHP Jed Bradley (20), LHP Hobbs Johnson (23), RHP Brooks Hall (25), LHP Mike Strong (29), RHP Damien Magnifico (30)

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 7/5)
5-7 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 346 R (2nd) .676 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (6th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), RHP Rob Whalen (20), RHP Casey Meisner (21), OF Champ Stuart (23)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 7/4)
5-7 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 341 R (5th) .679 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.06 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)

Elizabethton Twins (updated through 7/4)
7-6 (T-1st in APP West)
Offense: 45 R (8th) .676 OPS (3rd)
Pitching: 2.92 ERA (2nd) 1.34 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Amaurys Minier (26)

GCL Red Sox (updated through 7/4)
11-2 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 56 R (5th) .655 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 1.69 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)