ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The curious case of Fernando Rodney includes another chapter, another blown save, another night when the questions continued. This has quickly become the identity of his current season, only 48 games old, and yet he remains the Tampa Bay Rays' answer in the ninth inning.
But how long will he stay so?
The question is legitimate, and an outcome remains to be seen. Following the New York Yankees' 4-3 victory in 11 innings Saturday at Tropicana Field, a game that included Rodney giving up two runs in the ninth inning to allow the Yankees to tie the score at 3, the former sure-fire answer as a closer includes more doubt.
For now, the Rays refuse to change course, to use a by-committee strategy. But is the status quo sustainable? Will Rodney's results turn?
"This has been really awkward to watch," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He's been within one pitch of being almost perfect this season. ... I have not lost any patience with tha...