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OAK@TB: Odorizzi fans eight over 4 2/3 innings

Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi and Boston callup Brandon Workman will square off in Sunday's series finale at Tropicana Field as the Rays go for a three-game sweep.

Odorizzi is coming off a 4 2/3-inning, career-high 113-pitch outing, which included a 40-pitch fourth in which the A's fouled off 17 pitches.

"I've never had that happen to me before," Odorizzi said. "I don't really know how you avoid it. I guess if you just make them hit the ball before that, you can try to avoid it best you can. But I'm just going to do my same stuff.

"I think the odds are in my favor that there's probably not going to be another inning like that. But knock on wood, everybody, after you leave here, for me."

Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Felix Doubront's spot in the rotation. Doubront is on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, which he believes he sustained when he opened his car door into his shoulder while getting one of his kids into the backseat.

Workman has a 1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings over three relief appearances for Boston this season. He pitched for the Red Sox last season as a starter and in relief, and he was a key setup man during the postseason.

"I definitely will be going over scouting reports and stuff like that to get ready, but there was a little bit of familiarity because I've seen them a few times," Workman said. "But we'll definitely need a refresher for that."

His familiarity with the Rays isn't exactly good. Two of Workman's three career appearances against the Rays (one in the 2013 playoffs) resulted in a loss and a blown save.

Through Saturday's game, the Red Sox had only used five different starting pitchers in 2014. Workman will be their sixth. The Brewers are the only other team to have used only five starting pitchers.

It's worked out better for Milwaukee than it has for Boston -- the Brewers are in first place in the National League Central, while the Red Sox have lost nine in a row and are in last place in the American League East. The losing streak is Boston's longest since Aug. 25-Sept. 4, 2001, under manager Joe Kerrigan.

Rays: Odorizzi gets new bats
• When Odorizzi walked into the clubhouse to speak with reporters Saturday, there was a shiny new bat leaning against the chair by his locker.

Was it there in preparation for the Rays' upcoming series in Miami (June 2-3), where the pitchers will have to bat against a National League opponent?

Nope. The pitchers have had bats all year, Odorizzi said.

Odorizzi had to order new bats because his disappeared from the locker room.

"They were gone, and no one knew where, so I had to get some new ones," Odorizzi said.

Right-hander Alex Cobb, whose locker is next to Odorizzi's, also had a new bat waiting for him -- he was taking a few check-swings while Odorizzi talked to the media. But Odorizzi said he didn't think it was because of the same clubhouse poltergeist who made off with his bats.

"He might have just wanted to get some new ones, just because," Odorizzi said.

Actually, Cobb said after Saturday's game that he did get his bats for the Miami series.

Odorizzi, meanwhile, has never had a plate appearance in the Major Leagues.

Red Sox: Nava returns to the Majors
• With Shane Victorino going on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring suffered Friday night, Boston recalled Daniel Nava for Saturday afternoon's game.

Nava entered the game as a defensive replacement in the 10th and grounded out to short in the 13th.

A slumping Nava -- who was batting .149 in 67 at-bats -- was optioned to Pawtucket on April 22, where he hit .253 with three doubles, three homers and 14 RBIs in 24 games.

"I'm obviously thrilled to be back," Nava said. "I was doing a lot of things wrong. I think it was a combination of not putting the ball in play as much as I'd like to, putting it in play at guys who had been playing that position, that spot for a long time, and just struggling. Throw that all together and it was what it was."

This is Victorino's second time on the DL this year. He aggravated his hamstring running out a bunt in the ninth inning of the Rays' 1-0 walk-off win in the series opener.

Manager John Farrell doesn't think the injury is as serious as the first one, which took place in the final Grapefruit League game on March 30.

"We still think it's not as severe," Farrell said. "But with the other situations we're also managing, his was the most clear-cut in need of some downtime. So he's on the DL."

Worth noting
• Rays right-hander Joel Peralta's next relief appearance will set a franchise record. Peralta is tied with Dan Wheeler with 250 relief outings with Tampa Bay.

• Recently re-signed Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew played his first Minor League game with Class A Greenville on Friday night, going 1-for-2 and playing five innings at short. He did not play Saturday. He will likely be called up June 2, the first day he is eligible. Comments