ST. PETERSBURG -- Talk about one-pitch wonders -- how about Burke Badenhop and Fernando Rodney?
Badenhop entered Sunday's game -- the third of the season for the Rays -- having already made two appearances, but don't worry about the right-hander being worn out, since he had thrown only two pitches.
Badenhop, who is perceived as a ground-ball specialist, relieved Wade Davis in the seventh inning on Friday, and on his first pitch, he induced a ground ball that third baseman Evan Longoria mishandled for an error. And on Saturday night, Badenhop relieved David Price in the seventh inning and induced a double-play grounder from Derek Jeter on one pitch.
Meanwhile, Rodney closed out Saturday night's 8-6 win by throwing one pitch, inducing Alex Rodriguez to ground out to end the game.
"[Rodriguez] can end the game with one swing," Rodney said. "I threw him a two-seam fastball."
Rodney's two-seam fastball goes down and in to right-handed hitters, and it had the desired effect against Rodriguez.
The one-pitch save Rodney recorded was just the second of his career.
"I'll take it," Rodney said.