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Fernando Rodney thriving for Rays

In line to become eighth reliever to lead Tampa in saves over past eight seasons

Originally Published: June 25, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Like most big league teams, the Tampa Bay Rays value velocity and command in their closer. A slow heart rate is preferable, and a short memory imperative. Experience is nice, but optional. A young pitcher with talent and moxie beats a veteran with fringe stuff and a weak constitution any day.

Manager Joe Maddon, who's not averse to using novel defensive alignments, sluggers in the leadoff spot and other unorthodox strategies to squeeze every drop out of his roster, takes a more traditional ...

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