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Rays move above .500 as Jake Odorizzi shuts down Pirates

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Jake Odorizzi looks like he’s ready for the baseball season to begin.

Teammate Steven Souza seems to be catching up.

Together, the two led the Tampa Bay Rays (11-10) to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night.

Tampa Bay took a 3-0 lead, then coasted against the Pirates. Souza, who has been off to a slow start since his injury, had two hits to improve his average to .185 for the spring. He also drove in two runs.

Odorizzi went 6 1/3 innings, giving up only a home run to David Freese in the sixth inning.

Tampa Bay had 11 hits, including two by Souza, Kevin Kiermaier and Cristian Toribio.

Today, the Rays will be focusing on its bullpen in its big league game against Toronto at home at Charlotte Sports Park. Scheduled to pitch are David Carpenter, who will start, followed by Ryan Webb, Alex Colome, Xavier Cedeno and Danny Farquahar.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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