PITTSBURGH -- On Friday, Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that his club would do something not often tried in Major League Baseball: Deploy a relief pitcher as his starter.

Cash told reporters that Sergio Romo, who had never started a game in his 11-year big-league career, would the mound for the first inning Saturday night against the Angels, with the expressed purpose of pitching to a few batters before handing the ball to rookie starter Ryan Yarbrough.

As it turned out, the best-laid plans worked perfectly. Romo struck out the side and Yarbrough subsequently pitched into the eighth in the Rays' 5-3 win.

Cash's reasoning sounded an awful lot like when former Pirates manager Jim Leyland turned to reliever Ted Power to start Game 6 of the 1990 National League Championship Series ...

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