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Maddon: Cobb considered for Opening Day start

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Even though naming David Price as the Rays' Opening Day starter would seem to be a no-brainer, manager Joe Maddon said that Alex Cobb deserved consideration.

"Alex Cobb is definitely very worthy of being an Opening Day starter; there's no doubt," Maddon said. "I still believe he's one of the top pitchers in the American League. A lot of people that have seen him play and really understand what's going on in our league feel the same way.

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Even though naming David Price as the Rays' Opening Day starter would seem to be a no-brainer, manager Joe Maddon said that Alex Cobb deserved consideration.

"Alex Cobb is definitely very worthy of being an Opening Day starter; there's no doubt," Maddon said. "I still believe he's one of the top pitchers in the American League. A lot of people that have seen him play and really understand what's going on in our league feel the same way.

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"So there's going to be that moment for Alex down the road. And I definitely feel like he'll be able to handle that. No doubt in my mind."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

Tampa Bay Rays, Alex Cobb