Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/21/13
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. There is little that seems improbable for Fernando Rodney as a countdown continues toward Opening Day. His World Baseball Classic display of force is a point of nationalistic pride for the native of Samana, Dominican Republic, but its also a warning salvo to the rest of the American League East about what could come if his health cooperates. About a minute into speaking for the first time at Charlotte Sports Park since arriving back from his final moon shot in San Francisco, Rodney slipped on a red-and-blue Dominican Republic cap, tilted the bill to his left and spoke about how what occurred in his countrys colors could be a preview. If results similar to his WBC production follow in a Rays uniform, the right-handed closers season will be another blockbuster: He appeared in all eight of the Dominican Republics victories, earning seven saves and striking out eight in 7 13 innings. Rodney's unknown ahead: How will the WBC cameo affect his play for Tampa Bay? He, ...
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