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Nomo was 4-11 for Dodgers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the market for an experienced starting pitcher, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays turned to Hideo Nomo.

The former NL Rookie of the Year agreed to a minor league
contract Thursday after spending more than two months on the
disabled list and going 3-11 in 18 starts for Los Angeles in 2004.
He would get an $800,000, one-year deal if added to the major
league roster and have the chance to make an additional $700,000 in
performance bonuses.

Nomo, who was invited to the major league spring training camp,
has a 10-year record of 118-101 with a 4.05 ERA in 301 games,
including 299 starts.

He was Los Angeles' opening-day starter last season but
struggled with injuries. He was out from May 20-June 7 with a split
nail on his right index finger and was also on the disabled list
from July 1- Aug 31 with an inflamed right shoulder.

Nomo has won 12 or more games seven times and a career-best 16
games twice with the Dodgers in 1996 and 2003. He has struck out
8.93 batters per nine innings in his major league career, fourth
best among active pitchers with at least 1,000 innings.

"I will continue to work hard and try my best to be in the
starting rotation when the season starts," Nomo said in a
statement.

He would earn all his performance bonuses if he pitches 200
innings or more.