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BAL@TB: Archer holds Orioles to two hits, one run

In April this might have been silly to even think about.

In two games between the Red Sox and Rays this week, 29 runs have scored.

While each team posted an ERA under 4.00 for the month of April, the weather has since warmed, and their pitchers have gone in the opposite direction.

Entering Wednesday's series finale, both teams rank in the bottom 10 among June ERAs, with Boston at 4.30 and Tampa Bay at 4.50.

Hoping to provide a boost to the Rays' rotation is 24-year-old flamethrower Chris Archer, who is making his third start of the season. His last one was brilliant.

Archer, with a fastball around 95 mph, fired seven innings, holding the potent Orioles' lineup to just one run on two hits.

"I thought he was pretty under control last time," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought the first game, [he was] a little bit antsy. But the last time was really good.

"Last year, when he came back up here for the second time, he really had that appearance like he belongs here, and he believes that, so I expect the same kind of look [on Wednesday]."

Recalled from Triple-A late last year, Archer, MLB.com's 42nd-ranked prospect, has faced the Red Sox once, allowing three runs over five innings while striking out six.

"I faced some of the guys that are here now in Triple-A last year," said Archer, who was part of the 2011 trade that sent Matt Garza to the Cubs. "So a combination of those things is going to determine how I attack those guys."

With Boston's rotation in shambles following a 14-inning game on Monday and a neck issue that has restricted Clay Buchholz, Alfredo Aceves will get another start.

After starting the year with the Red Sox, Aceves stumbled out of the bullpen. He's since been back and forth between Triple-A Pawtucket twice as he continues to work as starter. He has posted a 3.52 ERA over 30 2/3 innings in the Minors this year.

Franklin Morales, who had been scheduled to start on Wednesday before being called out of the bullpen for two innings Monday, will be ready to pitch multiple innings in relief in order to save the bullpen.

"Depending on how things come out of these next two nights, we could be seeing another move before we get into Baltimore on Thursday," manager John Farrell said.

Rays: Cobb leaves team for family matter
The Rays placed Alex Cobb on the bereavement list on Tuesday after the death of his grandmother, but Cobb is expected to return for his start against the Royals on Saturday.

To replace Cobb on the roster, the Rays added right-hander Jake Odorizzi from Triple-A Durham.

Odorizzi, who has four Major League appearances, all starts, will be pitching out of the bullpen for the first time. He had a 3.90 ERA while striking out 60 batters in 55 1/3 innings over 10 starts for Durham.

"I'm fresh. I threw 100 pitches last time out, so I'm good to go for a lot of innings if need be," Odorizzi said.

Red Sox: Iglesias finding playing time
With Will Middlebrooks a healthy scratch on Tuesday night, Jose Iglesias got a turn at third base.

This could be happening somewhat frequently.

Iglesias went 2-for-4, collecting multiple hits in his fourth straight start and raising his average to .449.

"It's likely we look to get Jose a couple of days a week at third," Farrell said on Tuesday. "And then there's going to be other opportunities at shortstop. And as much as [Dustin Pedroia] is going to fight it, there's going to be a day coming up here at second base as well.

"I think it's just in the best interest for [Middlebrooks], just getting him a day off his feet. But again, going back to the initial thought, there are going to be three days a week for Jose, hopefully at a minimum."

Worth noting
• David Price (left triceps) was so encouraged by his bullpen session on Monday that he will throw a simulated game on Thursday. He will likely make three rehab starts before returning to the team.

• Jacoby Ellsbury collected a stolen base in his fourth straight game on Tuesday night and has 11 in his last six games. He could tie the franchise record on Wednesday by stealing a base in his fifth consecutive game.

• The Red Sox are still hoping that Buchholz can start on Sunday, though they can't be sure until he pitches without pain in his neck. If he can't go, Jon Lester could make that start on regular rest.

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