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Rays vs Twins Preview: Odo looks to keep rolling

Jake Odorizzi takes the mound as the Rays go for the series win

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Friday evening, Chris Archer was able to kick off the Rays nine-game road trip with perhaps his most impressive performance of the season. Today, Jake Odorizzi will try to do the same as Tampa Bay looks to build on their three-game winning streak.

Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Sun. First pitch is slated for 2:10 PM ET.

Starting Pitchers

Jake Odorizzi

The right-hander is coming off of an impressive outing against Los Angeles on Monday, holding the Angels to two runs while striking out eight in six innings to earn a no-decision.

The eight punchouts were a season high for Odorizzi, and Monday's outing continued his strong start to open the 2017 campaign. The 27-year-old rocks a 3-2 record on the year with a 3.14 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 7.7 K/9 ratio in 43 innings.

Odorizzi has excelled vs. both LHB’s and RHB’s, holding hitters to the tune of .184/.234/.425 from the right side of the plate and .227/.278/.424 from the left side of the plate.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in three career starts against Minnesota.

Adalberto Mejia

The Twins will be looking for a quality outing out of recent Triple-A promotee LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.96), who will be making his second straight start and fifth of the season.

After struggling in his first three starts, he rebounded last weekend, holding Kansas City to three runs over seven innings en route to his first career win.

The southpaw has only faced left-handed bats three times (.333/.333/.333) in 2017. so it’s hard to make much of a conclusion on his splits. He’s fared mediocre (59 AB’s) vs. RHB’s this season, posting a .254/.371/.576 slash-line against hitters from the right side of the plate.

Mejia has never faced the Rays.

Starting Lineups

Corey Dickerson gets the day off, with Peter Bourjous taking his place in LF. Rickie Weeks is back at DH.

Today's Lineups

Tim Beckham - SS Brian Dozier - 2B
Daniel Robertson - 2B Joe Mauer - 1B
Evan Longoria - 3B Robbie Grossman - RF
Logan Morrison - 1B Max Kepler - CF
Steven Souza - RF Kennys Vargas - DH
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Rickie Weeks - DH Chris Gimenez - C
Derek Norris - C Eddie Rosario - LF
Peter Bourjos - LF Ehire Adrianza - SS
Jake Odorizzi - RHP Adalberto Mejia - LHP