ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A new day, a chance to forget.
Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney spoke for the first time Sunday since blowing his fifth save in a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees in 11 innings on Saturday at Tropicana Field. The Rays held a 3-1 lead after eight, but Rodney allowed two runs and two hits with a walk in the ninth in the latest struggle in an uncommon season for him.
Coupled with a blown save in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, Rodneys missed opportunity Saturday marked his first consecutive blown save chances since 2010, when he did so Sept. 8 and 10.
Its nothing, Rodney said, before the Rays began the final game of a three-game series with the American League East-leading Yankees. I can do it. I just try to make a good pitch. Last two ballgames, one pitch (away). Amazing. They got good contact. Just come ready for the next day.
Rodney, whose five blown saves have come in 14 chances this season, said he still has confidence in his ability....