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Sweeney, Torres Sweeten Kazmir Deal

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

The success Sean Rodriguez has had this season in Tampa Bay, especially in contrast to the struggles Scott Kazmir is going through for the Angels, is enough for the Rays to feel good about last August's controversial trade.<br/><br/>But they feel even better when they look ahead to the future contributions they expect from the other two players they got in the deal, lefthander Alex Torres and infielder Matt Sweeney.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays

Cuban Outfielder Anderson Begins Ascent With Rays

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

Outfielder Leslie Anderson had the same desire as so many others young boys, to play in the major leagues. Only to do so, he had to leave behind his family and his native Cuba and come to the United States. After spending about three weeks in transition—extended spring training to refresh his baseball skills, English classes and cultural transition tips to help his life skills—Anderson finally made his debut for high Class A Charlotte in early May, going 1-for-7 in his first two games.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays