Highland High School graduate Jake Odorizzi notched his first major league save Wednesday, allowing one hit in the final three innings of Tampa Bay's 7-0 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Odorizzi struck out three and walked one on Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night with the Yankees honoring one of the top relievers in baseball history.
The 23-year-old right-hander has thrown 29 2/3 innings for the Rays, who are chasing one of the American League wild-card spots. He is 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings, also working 3 2/3 scoreless innings last Friday in an 18-inning game against the Orioles.
He also allowed one run in five innings in a late August spot start against the Angels.
Odorizzi had a strong summer with the Class AAA Durham Bulls, helping them win the International League and reach the Triple A championship game.
He struck out eight in four innings during a 2-1 title game loss to Omaha, setting Bulls playoff records for most innings (18) and strikeouts (24).
Odorizzi's minor-league numbers for Durham included a 9-6 record and 3.33 ERA in 22 starts with 124 strikeouts and 40 walks in 124 1/3 innings.