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Rays recall Cobb, option Gomes

Posted May 31, 2011 by Tribune Sports

Updated May 31, 2011 at 12:29 AM

ST. PETERSBURG As expected, the Rays called up top pitching prospect Alex Cobb from Triple-A Durham to make his second major league start Tuesday night against the Rangers. Reliever Brandon Gomes was optioned to Durham.

Cobb, who will be pitching instead of Andy Sonnanstine in injured Jeff Niemann’s spot, is 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA at Durham. He made his major league debut May 1 at Tropicana Field against the Angels and allowed four runs on four hits with four walks in 4 1/3 innings. The Angels eventually won 6-5.

Cobb said he’s anxious to see his minor league success translate to the majors.

“That’s what you work your whole career for,” he said. “Minor league numbers don’t mean anything. Once you get up to here, you’ve got to be able to put those numbers up, and if you don’t, you’re going to go back. So yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do out here.”

We’ll have a story about why Cobb struggled in his first start Tuesday morning on

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