by Cutter Hicks, Sports 1140 KHTK

The Tampa Bay Rays sent a scout to Petco Park in San Diego to witness effective appearances by Strickland in the first two games of this series, per MLB.com’s Chris Haft.

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On Friday, Strickland faced three batters and struck out two while allowing a hit. On Saturday, he worked a scoreless eighth inning against the Padres.

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Entering Sunday, he had allowed two runs in his last 13 1/3 innings, which spanned 15 games. This lowered Strickland’s overall ERA to 1.91, tying him for 10th-best among National League relievers.

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The 28-year-old is arbitration eligible next season and is under team control until 2022.