MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH


BALTIMORE -- The Rays are still looking for some offense. They just haven't been able to find it lately.

Heading into this weekend's four-game series with the Yankees, the Rays have scored only 14 runs in their last nine games. The Orioles blanked them 3-0 in the series finale on Wednesday even though the Rays had some scoring chances.

Manager Joe Maddon's team was batting only .221 after that loss, but he said everything will even out as it's a long season and his team remembers to keep working.

"It's been tough," Maddon said. "You've just got to stay with it, keep pounding, keep pounding. It's going to come back to us."

Maddon acknowledged it was frustrating in recent days. The Rays were outscored 37-14 in their last nine games and just haven't been able to get the big hit.

They're hoping to turn that around against New York.

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MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 7-8

STREAK: Lost three

NEXT: Rays (LHP David Price, 2-0, 2.91 ERA) at Yankees (LHP CC Sabathia, 1-2, 6.63)

PLAYER NOTES:

--2B Ben Zobrist got one hit Wednesday in a 3-0 loss in Baltimore. He's now hit in four straight games and seven of his last eight.

--LHP David Price will start the first game of the Yankees series Thursday. LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Chris Archer and LHP Cesar Ramos will handle the three other games.

--RHP Jake Odorizzi took the loss Wednesday in Baltimore but pitched well in five innings on a windy, 39-degree afternoon. He gave up three runs on five hits, two of which were infield singles from Adam Jones. The right-hander struck out four but walked three, which hurt him. "It was one of those days where I didn't have my A-plus stuff, so I had to go with the stuff I had," he said.

--CF Desmond Jennings was the only Rays player to get more than one hit in that loss. He singled twice, in the fourth and the ninth. The first hit was off RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who Jennings already has three homers against.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's been tough. You've just got to stay with it, keep pounding, keep pounding. It's going to come back to us." -- Manager Joe Maddon, whose offense has scored 14 runs in the past nine games.

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