In his major league debut, Rays starter Wade Davis pitched seven strong innings of one run ball while striking out nine.
"He really did a wonderful job," Maddon said. "Honestly I didn't know he'd be able to do that. But he did, and he did it in fine fashion. He was really good."
With some definite holes in the rotation for next season, this is the perfect opportunity for the 25 year-old (tomorrow) to put his name into consideration for the spot. Davis was well deserving of the call up after going 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA and 140 strike outs in 158.2 innings pitched.
Davis was denied the win, however, after relievers Grant Balfour, J.P. Howell, and Russ Springer failed to close out the game. The Florida-native seemed calm and ready, and defintely caught the attention of coaches and executives in Rays organization.
"I felt relaxed," Davis said. "I threw strikes -- that was my biggest goal, just get ahead. I gave my team the chance to win the game."