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Rays activate Jake Odorizzi from the disabled list

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. He’ll square off against Rick Porcello in Wednesday night’s home game against the Red Sox.

Odorizzi, 27, was placed on the disabled list on July 26 with a lower back strain. He’ll pick up where he left off, holding a 4.47 ERA with an 82/35 K/BB ratio in 94 2/3 innings.

Getting Odorizzi back is good news for the Rays, who enter Wednesday’s action 6.5 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East and tied with the Royals and Mariners for the second AL Wild Card slot.

Video: Nolan Arenado turns double play after Bradley Zimmer fails to run out pop-up

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Rockies third baseman alertly turned one out into two when he let a Bradley Zimmer pop-up drop in the bottom of the seventh inning. Edwin Encarnacion walked to start the inning and Zimmer followed up with a weakly hit pop-up near the pitcher’s mound. Noticing that Zimmer didn’t run, Arenado let the ball touch the ground, then picked it up and fired to second for one out. D.J. LeMahieu whipped it around to first base to complete the twin killing.

There’s just something about Zimmer that makes me think we’re not going to get a bunch of angry columns about his lack of effort. The Indians went on to win 4-1 with a four-run bottom of the ninth inning. Yan Gomes hit a walk-off three-run homer.

Giancarlo Stanton sets new career-high with 38th home run

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It’s weird to think about, but Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had never hit more than 37 home runs in a season coming into 2017. It makes a little more sense when you consider the injuries he’d endured over the previous seven years, but still. A man with his power hadn’t hit 40?

Stanton set a new career-high on Tuesday night against the Nationals, belting his 38th homer of the season to further his major league lead. It was a three-run shot that came on a first-pitch A.J. Cole fastball, sailing well into the left-center field seats at Nationals Park.

Stanton came into Tuesday’s game batting .277/.370/.611 and now has 83 RBI to go along with the 38 dingers. Pretty good.