ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A slight grin spread across left fielder Sean Rodriguezs face as he discussed the topic, one that stands as a welcomed break from talk of bullpen blunders and the future of Fernando Rodneys role. For the moment, after an efficient victory on a (mostly) drama-free Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays offense allowed for a more pleasant postgame vibe.
The previous five days, after all, were unkind to the Rays. They included four losses to American League East foes two against the divisions best (New York Yankees) and two against its worst (Toronto Blue Jays).
The unforgiving window, which offered another crushing blow Saturday in the Yankees come-from-behind victory in 11 innings, featured two more blown saves by Rodney (he has five), two more reasons for the closers critics to call for a change, two more examples of a bullpen that appears shaky at best and staggering at worst.
But Tampa Bays 8-3 victory over New York on Sunday at Tropicana Field once again highligh...