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Some things to know about tonight's starter: Alex Colome

Here's some things to know about Alex Colome, who will make his major-league debut tonight starting for the Rays agains the Marlins:

He is 24.

From the Dominican Republic.

Signed with the Rays in March 2007 at age 18.

Is listed at 6-2 and 185, but looks bigger and stronger.

The nephew of former Rays reliever Jesus Colome.

Was 4-5, 2.60 in 10 starts at Triple-A Durham this season, with 61 strikeouts and 22 walks in 55 1/3 innings.

Called up, ostensibly, to help out the bullpen on Wednesday, but with the rotation shuffled again due to Alex Cobb's finger issue, will start tonight.

The first product of the team's Dominican Academy, under the Andrew Friedman regime, to reach the majors.

Has been a starter his whole career moving slowly through the Rays minor-league system, with a 38-39 record, 3.56 ERA and 596 strikeouts in 584 1/3 innings.

Rooms at Durham with LHP Alex Torres, and during the off-season lives with his uncle, Jesus.

Has a 1-plus year-old daughter, Melanny.

Is on Twitter at @AlexanderColome.

Has a four-pitch repertoire - an upper 90s fastball, an improved changeup (courtesy of "coach" Joel Peralta), cutter and curveball.

Credits Durham pitching coach Neil Allen for a significant change in his mechanics, making him more upright in his delivery. Also, more consistent and under control.

Has already been advised by manager Joe Maddon and uncle Jesus Colome to not do anything different in the majors than he did at Triple.

Also, Maddon said, to not pitch to the radar gun. "When Colome came in I said, "Don't worry about 100 (mph). IF you come into the game, you get people out. You're already on the team.''

[Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:21am]


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