CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Hideo Nomo has earned a spot in the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays' rotation.
Nomo locked up the fifth and final spot in the rotation despite
giving up 11 hits, including three home runs, in 4 1-3 innings in
the Devil Rays' 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
"I'm pleased with his effort this spring," Devil Rays manager
Lou Piniella said of the right-hander. "He worked hard and he
earned it. He has the experience we need for our rotation."
"I'm happy to be staying here," Nomo, a non-roster invitee,
said through an interpreter. "I'm very pleased. I'm looking not
only to staying in the rotation, but to helping the team win."
Nomo has given up 23 hits, including seven home runs, and 11
earned runs this spring. Fossum, who will pitch out of the bullpen,
has surrendered 14 hits, including one home run, and four earned
runs in 11 2-3 innings.
The Devil Rays are Nomo's sixth team since breaking into the
major leagues with the Dodgers in 1995.
Phillies starter Brett Myers gave up six hits and four runs, all
of them earned, in 5 1-3 innings. He has given up 35 hits and 19
earned runs in 22 1-3 innings this spring.
"I can't wait to get out of here and start the season," said
Myers, Philadelphia's No. 4 starter.
^Notes:@ Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal was scratched from the
starting lineup for what was identified as food poisoning. ...
Phillies center fielder Kenny Lofton, who hasn't played in a spring
game since straining his left hamstring on March 11, had 11 at-bats
while alternating between Double-A and Triple-A games at the
Carpenter Complex. ... Phillies first baseman Jim Thome sat out his
seventh straight spring game as he recovers from a lower back
strain. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expects pitcher Vicente
Padilla (triceps tendinitis), who will start the year on the
disabled list, to be ready to pitch by the third week in April.