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Triple-A Durham teeming with quality relief options

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ST. PETERSBURG -- C.J. Riefenhauser made his Major League debut on Saturday night against the Yankees. The left-hander is one of several relievers who have done well after being called up from Triple-A Durham.

Jeff Beliveau, Brad Boxberger and Riefenhauser have made a combined seven appearances and have allowed three runs in eight innings.

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When asked about the depth of the group, Rays manager Joe Maddon noted there were others in the system, too.

"[T.J.] Yates is still down there. [Adam] Liberatore, there's others," Maddon said. "Truly, we have that kind of quality relief pitching at our Minor League Triple-A team. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. Back in the day with the Angels, whatever. I've never seen that kind of group that are Major League ready at Triple-A at the same time. And that you feel good about.

"It's not like it's a reach. It's not like you bring them up and say, 'I hope he does it.' You really believe he's going to do well. They're all good-stuff, good-makeup guys. They're all that."

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

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