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Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2009-05-13


Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2009-05-13
The Rays aren't ready to take struggling right-hander Andy Sonnanstine out of the rotation.

But they're not sure what to fix to make sure they don't have to.

Whatever momentum and confidence Sonnanstine accrued in his impressive previous outing didn't last long, as he worked just two-plus innings Tuesday, the shortest start of his big-league career.

The poor performance left Sonnanstine, a surprise 13-game winner last year, with a 1-4 record and 7.27 ERA.

Even so, manager Joe Maddon said it was not time to consider removing him from the mix.

"It's too early," Maddon said. "He just pitched a great game (last time out in New York). He had a tough night tonight, there's no question about that. But I look at health and I look at stuff, and he looked pretty normal. There's something there we've got to fix on a more consistent basis.

"It was just a bad night for him."

Sonnanstine called it "probably the most frustrating start I've ever had," but also said he felt good and that his pitches were good. "Just a lot of bad luck, I think," he said.

ORIOLES 7, RAYS 5: After his teammates scored five runs in the top of the second, RHP Andy Sonnanstine gave it all back in the bottom of the inning. He lasted just two-plus innings, and the Rays never rebounded, getting runners to second in three subsequent innings without scoring.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 13, 2009

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