Tampa Bay Times

Short stops


• Given the number of bullpen injuries, the Rays’ commitment to stick to their plan to develop young power arms such as Shane McClanahan and Luis Patino as starters is to be either further admired or questioned.

• If there can be a rugged early part of the schedule, this is it: Friday opened a stretch of 36 games in 38 days for the Rays, including nine against the Yankees, seven versus the A’s and series with the Astros, Angels, Jays and Mets.

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