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Braves coach Pendleton meets with Devil Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry
Pendleton met with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday to discuss to
the team's vacant manager's job.
Pendleton is the seventh candidate to get a formal interview to
succeed Lou Piniella, joining New York Yankees bench coach Joe
Girardi, former Detroit manager Alan Trammell and four members of
the Devil Rays organization.
"I thought it went well," Pendleton said after meeting with
team executives Matt Silverman and Andrew Friedman for more than
two hours.
Pendleton said he doesn't know a lot about the Devil Rays, other
than the team has a fine nucleus of young talent that figures to
get better.
"If I do get the job, I've got a lot of homework to do. I'm not
ashamed to say that," he said, adding that several people he
talked to after being contacted by Tampa Bay told him the Devil
Rays are a club with a bright future.
"They told me with a little bit of pitching and little bit of
guidance, they're going to be a good team," said Pendleton, who
also is expected to interview this week for the Los Angeles
Dodgers' vacancy.
Pendleton said he was impressed with Silverman and Friedman, who
are leading the managerial search for new principal owner Stuart
Sternberg.
"I think their thoughts and my thoughts are on the same page,"
Pendleton said.
Girardi, who is also being courted by the Florida Marlins, met
with Silverman and Friedman on Sunday.
Trammell interviewed last Friday, several days after the Devil
Rays met with three members of Piniella's staff -- John McLaren,
Billy Hatcher and Tom Foley -- as well as minor league manager Bill
Evers.
Los Angeles Angels bench coach Joe Maddon is also on the team's
list of potential candidates.