Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/11/12
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Right-hander Wade Davis still considers himself a starter, and the Tampa Bay Rays believe that's his future. But for right now, Davis is thriving in his first full season as a reliever, boasting a 2.20 ERA while getting used in some high-leverage moments. A key reason for the success is how quickly Davis accepted the new role since spring training, when he lost out on the fifth-starter competition with Jeff Niemann. Manager Joe Maddon believed the team would be better with Davis used out of the bullpen, and the 26-year-old unselfishly bought in right away. And Maddon said Davis has never been more dominant than he was Thursday night in New York, when he struck out four of six Yankees he faced in a perfect two-inning outing. "That was as good as you're going to see a relief pitcher throw," Maddon said. "I don't care if you're a closer, setup guy, whatever -- that was outstanding. Anybody that comes out like he did in Yankee Stadium against that part of the lineup and throws lik...
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