Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/26/12

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb didn't feel like a hero after allowing 13 hits -- one off the team record -- in an 8-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

However, that was exactly what manager Joe Maddon called him after Cobb, despite a five-run third inning, gutted it out to pitch an eight-inning complete game and save the Rays' already short-handed bullpen further damage.

"The average fan may not understand exactly what he did tonight -- it's heroic in a baseball sense," Maddon said. "Because he gave up those five runs, they had a big lead, he did not cave in, he kept making pitches, he stayed on the mound. He preserved everybody else, which preserves the integrity of the whole group for days. So in a baseball-sense, that was an outstanding performance by Cobber tonight."

Cobb, coming off his best outing, said he felt good in the bullpen but "uncomfortable" on the mound. His arm slot was off and his command poor, but he made no excuses, including the shuffling of the rotation that left him pitching on seven days' rest.

"It's my job to stay sharp and stay on top of things, and I just wasn't today," Cobb said. "Whether I didn't prepare good enough this week or stay as sharp as I need to, there's really no excuse to feel uncomfortable out there."

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