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MIL@TB: Odorizzi yields one run over seven innings

Edwin Jackson will face his old team -- and the team he no-hit four years ago -- when the Cubs take on the Rays Saturday afternoon, trying to even the series at Wrigley Field after Tampa Bay won Friday's series opener, 4-3.

Jackson played for the Rays from 2006-08 and first became a full-time Major League starter with Tampa Bay. But he's better known for what he did against his former club after he left the franchise.

On June 25, 2010, as a member of the D-backs, Jackson pitched one of the most memorable no-hitters in recent history -- walking eight, hitting a batter and throwing 149 pitches against the Rays in St. Petersburg.

"It's one of those bittersweet feelings," he said after that game. "You throw a no-hitter and it's against an ex-team, but at least it's with a crowd that you've had accomplishments with, and you can do it in front of some people who will appreciate it."

On Saturday, he'll be facing the Rays' Jake Odorizzi, who is coming off an especially rough outing, a loss to the Angels last Sunday in which he gave up five runs in the first inning and lasted just three.

Odorizzi had been on an excellent run, owning a 2.25 ERA and limiting opponents to a .198 average in his nine starts prior to his outing against Los Angeles.

"Yeah, it was just one of those days," Odorizzi said. "I went back and looked at it. Everybody has them. Things were going so well for so long, it kind of stings to get that one to mess up that streak. But just start a new one tomorrow. Just get back to the basics to tomorrow."

Odorizzi is 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA on the season, while Jackson is 6-11 with a 5.66 ERA and has lost three straight games.

Cubs: Land former first-round pick Turner from Miami
The Cubs acquired right-hander Jacob Turner, a former first-round Draft pick, in a trade with the Marlins on Friday, sending Class A right-handed relievers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer to Miami.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said that Turner, 23, is expected to join the Cubs at some point in the next couple of days, at which point he will be placed on the 25-man roster. The former highly regarded prospect of the Tigers and Marlins was designated for assignment on Tuesday, two days after giving up five runs over four innings in the Marlins' 7-3 loss to the Reds.

"He was one of the better starting pitching prospects in all of baseball as recently as a couple of years ago," Epstein said. "We feel like that talent's still in there. If you look at his velocity, it's still there. If you look at some of his peripheral numbers, they're still pretty decent."

Turner was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games (12 starts) with Miami this season, striking out 54 over 78 1/3 innings.

Rays: Turning over the order
Rays manager Joe Maddon is a big fan of using the ninth spot in the order as a tool.

"I'm really becoming a fan of the No. 9 hitter becoming a second leadoff hitter, whether it's an American League lineup or a National League lineup right now," Maddon said. "With [Kevin] Kiermaier hitting in the nine-hole [lately], it's been a really productive spot for us, either driving people in or getting people on base for the top of the batting order.

"I think it really highlights, accentuates, the circular nature of the batting order. And you don't want that cliff at the end. I'm kind of digging it."

With the Rays facing lefty Tsuyoshi Wada in Friday's series opener, Maddon batted right-handed Logan Forsythe last, with starting pitcher Chris Archer batting eighth. Forsythe went 0-for-4.

Worth noting
• This is the first time the Cubs are hosting Tampa Bay at Wrigley Field since 2003, when Chicago won two of three games. The franchises have only met twice previously, once in Chicago and once in St. Petersburg, where the Cubs were swept in 2008.

• Friday marked only the sixth Friday day game in Rays history, but the second this season as the Rays beat the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader on June 27. Comments