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That rustling in the air through downtown St. Petersburg may have been a sigh of relief coming from Tropicana Field.
Don't think the Rays weren't happy to see Johan Santana traded to the Mets.
Not only did the pending deal get Santana out of the American League, but more importantly it kept him from coming into the AL East, where as a member of the Red Sox or Yankees the Rays could have had to face him four or five times a season for the next half-dozen years.
Santana's bottom-line numbers against the Rays aren't staggering - he is 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 11 career appearances - but he has dominated them at times. Rays batters had just a .195 average against him, and struck out 76 times in 61 1/3 innings (including 62 in the last 50 2/3 innings).
Now they can hope the Orioles trade Erik Bedard (who is 10-3, 2.94 in 19 games against them), and the performance-enhancing drugs controversy proves to be too distracting for the Yankees' Andy Pettitte (13-2, 3.53 against the Rays).

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:33am]


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