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MLB.com: So Close! 'Elite' Rasmussen Takes Perfecto Bid Into 9th

Aug 14, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG -- Drew Rasmussen was about as good as he'd ever been a week ago at Comerica Park, breezing through three hitless innings on only 33 pitches against the Tigers. Even though it was a well-intentioned and pre-planned strategy to manage his career-high workload, the Rays right-hander and manager Kevin Cash were quick to note the irony of Rasmussen being pulled from his most efficient outing of the season.

"I'd love to do that again," Rasmussen said Saturday morning.

So, Rasmussen couldn't help but laugh when he looked at the scoreboard Sunday afternoon and saw his pitch count after three innings: 28, even better than last time. But his outing against the Orioles wasn't even close to over. He still had history to flirt with.

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