Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rotation competition down to four
Posted Mar 14, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Mar 14, 2007 at 07:46 PM
Joe Maddon said before the game that RHP Brian Stokes will begin working exclusively out of the bullpen and is no longer in contention for the final rotation spot. With that decision and Hammel’s elimination, it’s now a four-man race: Edwin Jackson, J.P. Howell, Jae Kuk Ryu and Tim Corcoran. Maddon said all but Howell also will be considered for a bullpen spot if they don’t end up starting.
He also indicated Stokes might end up in the closer’s role eventually.
“I think Stokes has the makeup to pitch at the end of the game,” said Maddon. “I think he has the physical ability and the makeup and the accountability and all of the characteristics that are necessary for a guy to pitch at the end of the game. He’s been very impressive. I have a lot of confidence in him.”