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Save one day, start the next: Tampa Bay’s Ramirez first to do so in 33 years

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Erasmo Ramirez starts against the Texas Rangers on Monday in Arlington, Texas. Ramirez got the save against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Erasmo Ramirez starts against the Texas Rangers on Monday in Arlington, Texas. Ramirez got the save against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The Associated Press

Tampa Bay right-hander Erasmo Ramirez became the first pitcher since 1984 to start a major league game the day after recording a save, then didn’t make it out of the third inning Monday night.

A day after pitching a perfect 15th inning on 12 pitches in the Rays’ 8-6 win at Minnesota, Ramirez allowed four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings at Texas.

Ramirez was the first pitcher since Cleveland’s Steve Farr in June 1984 to have a save one day and the start the next day for his team, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

The last player to record a save and then start his team’s next game was Dennis Martinez, a fellow Nicaraguan who was Ramirez’s childhood hero. Martinez saved a game for Montreal on July 11, 1993, and started four days later in the Expos’ next game after the All-Star break.

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