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Rays notes: Help for the bench

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tampa Bay LHP Jeff Beliveau was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after Wednesday’s game. The Rays will make a corresponding move Friday in Cincinnati.

With three games in the National League park, Maddon said the Rays likely will call up a position player to add another bat for the bench, and that bat will be left-handed.

“We’re very right-handed right now, so this is something we knew coming out of spring training,” Maddon said. “Probably if we do go position player, I’d like it to be left-handed.”

The Rays could recall switch-hitter Wilson Betemit or Kevin Kiermaier, a left-handed hitter.

That move might be for only two days if LHP Erik Bedard is called up Sunday to join the rotation.

Myers feeling better

Maddon dropped slumping RF Wil Myers to seventh in the lineup Wednesday in an effort to get Myers to “just chill out a little bit, go out there, see some pitches and go out there and play some baseball.”

Myers, who entered the game batting .194, responded by going 2-for-4.

“I just felt my hands working a lot better,” he said. “I was able to trust them. I felt really good on that last at-bat (a single).”


RHP Jake Odorizzi allowed a career-high seven runs and 10 hits. Five of those runs and six of those hits came in the fifth inning. It was the most runs allowed in a game since RHP Jeremy Hellickson allowed seven on June 13, 2013, against the Royals and the most runs in one inning since Hellickson allowed seven in that game. ... Tuesday was the third time in team history the Rays won 1-0 with the run scoring in the ninth inning or later. The Rays now 19-19 in 1-0 games. ... The Rays have their first off day of the season today. They are the last team to have an off day this year. ... RHP Chris Archer worked on his base running before the game, something he will do if he hits his way on base. Don’t expect him to be used as pinch-runner now that he has a long-term contract. “Those days are over,” Maddon said.

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