by Steve Carney
Alex Cobb struck out twelve in seven innings, but it took a two-out base hit from minor-leaguer Alejandro Segovia in the bottom of the ninth inning to salvage a 3-3 tie with the Baltimore Orioles Saturday in Port Charlotte.
Segovia's single off Evan Meek scored fellow minor-leaguer Jonathan Quinonez, who had singled with one out and moved to second base on a groundout.
Tampa Bay initially took the lead in the first inning, as Evan Longoria singled with two outs off Ubaldo Jimenez, and James Loney brought him in with a two-run shot to right-centerfield.
Baltimore got on the board in the next half-inning, as Delmon Young led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo shot off Cobb.
The Orioles tied the game in the fourth, as Henry Urrutia doubled to left on a ball Brandon Guyer lost in the sun, going to third on a single by Young and scoring on a double play grounder from Steve Clevenger.
Cobb's allowed just six hits and didn't walk a batter. His outing was followed by a scoreless frame from Jake McGee, a single batter for Joel Peralta, and an inning and two-thirds from Josh Lueke.
Tampa Bay will look for a victory Sunday when they head to Fort Myers to take on the Boston Red Sox. Matt Moore will get the start against Felix Doubront. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at 1:00.
ODORIZZI NAMED FIFTH STARTER: After the game, manager Joe Maddon announced that right-hander Jake Odorizzi had won the competition for the fifth starter in the rotation, beating out lefties Cesar Ramos and Erik Bedard.
"It's incredible," Odorizzi said after the announcement was made. "Indescribable."
Maddon said Bedard was informed during the game that he was not going to be in the rotation. The veteran left-hander, who signed a minor-league deal at the beginning of spring training, has a clause in his contract to allow him to opt out and try and seek a spot with another team at the end of camp. However, Maddon hopes he will accept an assignment to the Rays Triple-A affiliate in Durham.
UPDATE 6:00 pm - According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Bedard has decided to opt out of his contract and try to catch on with another team.
Source: Erik Bedard is opting out of #Rays contract.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) March 22, 2014
Listen to Maddon and Odorizzi talk about the decision below!