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KC@TB: Odorizzi fans eight over six innings

A sick David Price means Jake Odorizzi will make a last-minute start for the Rays against the Blue Jays on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Price was originally slated to get the call for the middle match of the three-game set, but it was announced following the Rays' 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday that the ace left-hander was a scratch and would tentatively make his next start on Sunday.

Odorizzi has started against Toronto once in his career, going five innings while allowing three earned runs on five hits in a no-decision on May 20 of last year.

Odorizzi is 4-8 with a 4.11 ERA on the season. The right-hander was solid in his last start, allowing two runs in six innings with eight strikeouts against the Royals on Monday, but he was overshadowed by James Shields in the Rays' 6-0 loss.

Odorizzi, who had won the fifth starter's job out of Spring Training, struggled early on and was not pitching deep into games. But he has rebounded, especially since early June.

"I liked Odo from the beginning," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I remember back when he was not getting results, I thought he was throwing the ball well and having a lot of bad luck."

The Blue Jays, who've sustained a litany of injuries in recent weeks, have been slumping since early June. They watched as their five-game lead in the American League East eroded, and sit in second place in the division behind Baltimore after going 11-20 since June 7.

Toronto will look to Drew Hutchison to give them a boost in the second game of the three-game series.

The 23-year-old right-hander was charged with three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against the A's in his last start. Hutchison has allowed three runs or fewer back-to-back starts.

Hutchison is 2-1 with a 6.91 ERA in three career starts (14 1/3 innings) vs. the Rays. He last faced them May 26 and escaped with a win despite allowing five earned runs over five innings.

"I gave up five runs [and] we scored a bunch of runs that day," Hutchison said. "I didn't pitch very well. But still was able to get the win because our offense performed real well."

Blue Jays: Lind expected back sooner than anticipated
Toronto first baseman Adam Lind, who was placed on the disabled list Friday with a fractured first metatarsal in his right foot, is now expected to be able to return to the big league club in two-to-three weeks.

Lind was examined by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday afternoon, where he was given the updated timeframe. Lind had originally been expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

Lind will also be in a walking boot for the next five-to-seven days. The injury was originally sustained when he fouled a ball off his foot during a series in Baltimore on June 14. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise and attempted to play through the pain before eventually undergoing an MRI.

"When he first had the CAT scan, they didn't see anything, and then he started feeling pretty good," manager John Gibbons said."[He] was productive for us in some limited roles, and then it started bothering him again."

Rays: Kiermaier heroics
Kevin Kiermaier's grand slam in Wednesday night's loss to the Royals was the first of his professional career. In addition, it was the Rays' first grand slam in over a year.

Wil Myers hit a grand slam on June 22, 2013 at Yankee Stadium against CC Sabathia. Kiermaier also went 4-for-4 Wednesday night, making him the first rookie to go 4-for-4 with a grand slam out of the No. 9 spot and the first player to do so -- regardless of rookie status -- since Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera on April 18, 2009 at New York.

Worth noting
• Price was honored on the field prior to Friday night's game for being selected to his fourth All-Star Game.

• Rays lefty Jake McGee is on the paternity list. His wife Morgan gave birth to their baby daughter, Rowen Beth, on Thursday.

• The Blue Jays announced Friday that R.A. Dickey would start Sunday's series finale against the Rays -- Toronto's last game before the All-Star Break -- in place of J.A. Happ. Gibbons said it was because of Dickey's success at Tropicana Field. Because of the Blue Jays' off-day Thursday, Dickey would be pitching on normal rest.

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