Farnsworth earns kudos from Maddon

Farnsworth earns kudos from Maddon

ST. PETERSBURG -- Veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth retired the Yankees in order in the ninth inning of Monday night's game, prompting praise from manager Joe Maddon.

"Don't overlook Kyle Farnsworth," Maddon said. "That was the best he's thrown in a long time. That was really fun to watch. Fastball back up to 94, with a real good cut. That is really encouraging. He's starting to feel it in a good way. So he's going to become a big force for us."

Farnsworth is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in six appearances.

"I still think I have a ways to go. I just have to get people out, that's all that matters to me," Farnsworth said.

When asked to elaborate on what he meant by "a ways to go," he said, "Just a mixture of everything."

"Just have to keep on going at it," added Farnsworth, who served as the Rays' closer in 2011. "It's a long season."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.