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AL East Notes: Jake Odorizzi placed on DL, Yankees bullpen

The latest from around the American League East.

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The Rays placed right-hander Jake Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times.

Odorizzi’s Saturday start was his third of the season, and he left after just one inning as a result of the injury. He again was on pace to be a valuable part of Tampa Bay’s rotation, pitching six innings in his first two starts this year.

While Odorizzi will miss his next series of starts, he is unlikely to be sidelined for an extended period.

Here’s the latest from around the American League East:

  • It seems the Yankees again have positioned themselves to have a strong bullpen, which will only be valuable if the starters pitch deep into games routinely.

  • Mookie Betts seemingly refuses to strike out, which is very good news for the Red Sox offense.

  • Teams that start 1-9 don’t usually make the playoffs, so things aren’t looking good for the Blue Jays.

  • New rules with regard to relief pitchers could be coming, and the Orioles are paying close attention.

  • There is something wrong with Xavier Cedeno, and the Rays need to figure it out quickly.