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Baltimore at Tampa Bay

Rays' Cobb strikes out 12 in 3-3 tie

By DICK SCANLON
Associated Press
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Alex Cobb struck out 12 in seven innings Saturday and the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles played to a 3-3, 10-inning tie.

The Rays named Jake Odorizzi as their No. 5 starting pitcher after the game.

Delmon Young homered, singled and picked a catch off the top of the left field wall with the tying run on base in the eighth inning for the Orioles.

Young led off the second with the first spring home run against Cobb, who gave up six hits in his third start. Cobb struck out the side in the first inning and 67 of 88 pitches for strikes.

''It started to get a little bit tiring, but today as a whole is exactly what I needed,'' Cobb said. ''All three pitches were working.''

James Loney hit his second home run for the Rays in the first inning, driving in the only two runs off Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jiminez.

In his third spring start, Jiminez gave up five hits and a walk in six innings.

''I can't wait. I know I've only been here for a month, but spring training is long,'' said Jiminez, who signed with the Orioles as a free agent. ''I can't wait for the season to start.''

Michael Almanzar's RBI single broke a 2-all tie in the fifth after a leadoff double by Alexi Casilla.

STARTING TIME

Orioles: Manager Buck Showalter credited Jiminez for his quicker delivery with men on base.

''It actually got him two outs today, getting to the plate at the times we need him to get to it,'' Showalter said.

Rays: Odorizzi, a right-hander who went 0-1 in four starts for the Rays last season, won a three-way competition with left-handers Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard.

Ramos, who has started only one of the 124 games he has pitched for the Rays, will return to the bullpen. The 35-year-old Bedard signed a minor league contract with an option to terminate if he does not start the season on the major league staff.

''It was a great competition. We had a lot off spirited arguments about it,'' said manager Joe Maddon.

''I think the whole competition was very good. Everybody's best stuff came out,'' said Odorizzi, who added a changeup this spring. ''It's taken me to a different level and I think it's going to do good things for me moving forward,'' he said.

TWO-MONTH TRYOUT

As the Rays' fifth starter, Odorizzi's spot in the rotation might be temporary. Jeremy Hellickson, who is recovering from January elbow surgery, is expected to return in late May or early June.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Right-hander Chris Tillman, scratched from Friday's start because of illness, felt better on Saturday, but Showalter said he's not sure when Tillman will pitch next. ... Left-hander Johan Santana threw off a half-mound for the first time. Santana is seeking to return to the majors after missing last season with left shoulder surgery.

Rays: Shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee, who missed most of last season after tearing left knee ligaments, ''kind of tweaked his knee'' in a minor league game, according to Maddon.

NEW GUY

The Orioles claimed infielder David Adams off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. To make room for Adams on the 40-man roster, they designated left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment. The 27-year-old Adams appeared in 43 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .193 with two homers and 13 RBIs.

 
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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B3000021 .125
   a-Jonathan Schoop, PH-2B1000010 .394
Nolan Reimold, DH3000111 .242
Henry Urrutia, RF3110020 .294
   b-Dariel Alvarez, PH-RF1000001 .500
Delmon Young, LF3121010 .278
   c-Buck Britton, PH-3B1000010 .111
Steve Clevenger, C4000000 .429
   Caleb Joseph, C0000000 .143
Steve Pearce, 1B3010010 .279
   d-Julio Borbon, PH-LF1000000 .188
Alexi Casilla, SS2110011 .143
   Alex Gonzalez, SS1010000 .462
Quintin Berry, CF4000024 .235
Michael Almanzar, 3B-1B4011022 .200
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
   Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
   Alfredo Aceves, P0000000 .000
Totals34372114  
a-struck out for Weeks in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Urrutia in the 8th
c-struck out for Young in the 9th
d-grounded out for Pearce in the 9th
Batting
2B - Henry Urrutia (4, Cobb), Steve Pearce (4, Cobb), Alexi Casilla (1, Cobb)
HR - Delmon Young (1, Cobb)
SH - Alexi Casilla (1)
RBI - Delmon Young (2), Michael Almanzar (9)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Casilla-Weeks-Pearce, Casilla-Weeks-Pearce-Casilla-Weeks-Pearce, Casilla-Weeks-Pearce-Casilla-Weeks-Pearce-A. Gonzalez-Schoop-Almanzar
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 6522111 5.40
Brad Brach (H,3) 1100010 2.45
Josh Stinson (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Evan Meek 1211000 1.29
Alfredo Aceves 1000010 4.50
HBP - Escobar (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 29-23, Brad Brach 6-6, Josh Stinson 4-4, Evan Meek 4-4, Alfredo Aceves 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 9-5, Brad Brach 1-1, Josh Stinson 1-2, Evan Meek 2-0, Alfredo Aceves 1-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 22, Brad Brach 4, Josh Stinson 4, Evan Meek 4, Alfredo Aceves 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF3010000 .444
   Kes Carter, CF2000010 .000
Ben Zobrist, DH2000101 .360
   a-Wilson Betemit, PH-DH1010000 .261
Evan Longoria, 3B3110002 .270
   James Harris, LF1000001 .000
James Loney, 1B3112001 .424
   Jonathan Quinonez, SS11100001.000
Wil Myers, RF3010010 .256
   Granden Goetzman, RF1000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS2000000 .412
   Alejandro Segovia, 1B10110001.000
Jose Molina, C2000001 .286
   Justin O'Conner, C2000012 .000
Jayson Nix, 2B3010001 .242
   Riccio Torrez, 3B1000000 .000
Brandon Guyer, LF2010001 .306
   Ray Olmedo, 2B2000000 .263
Alex Cobb, P0000000 .000
   Jake McGee, P0000000 .000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
Totals3539313  
a-singled for Zobrist in the 8th
Batting
2B - Wil Myers (4, Brach)
HR - James Loney (2, Jimenez)
RBI - James Loney 2 (13), Alejandro Segovia (1)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney 2 (10)
CS - Brandon Guyer (1, 2nd base by Jimenez/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Nix-Loney, Longoria-Nix-Loney-Quinonez-Olmedo-Segovia, Longoria-Nix-Loney-Quinonez-Olmedo-Segovia-Quinonez-Olmedo-Segovia
E - Yunel Escobar (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb 76330121 2.31
Jake McGee 1000110 0.00
Joel Peralta 0.1000010 1.80
Josh Lueke 1.2100000 3.24
WP - Alex Cobb (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 55-53, Jake McGee 8-4, Joel Peralta 3-3, Josh Lueke 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 4-5, Jake McGee 1-0, Josh Lueke 3-1
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 27, Jake McGee 3, Joel Peralta 1, Josh Lueke 5
Game Information
Attendance - 6105
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Toby Basner, Third Base - Seth Buckminster