Postgame interview with J.P. Howell
Rays pitcher discusses his relief work in win over White Sox
Coming in and just being dominant tonight, you had three strikeouts and the electricity in Tropicana Field, what was that like for you?J. P. HOWELL: Oh, man, it was quite an experience, I think. The crowd helps me out a little bit. I tried to put all the energy into the pitch and steer away from looking at the environment and atmosphere. I tried to do my thing and get in the groove, and it worked out tonight. You mentioned before last night's game that you were a little nervous about when it was going to happen. What kind of helped you ease into the whole playoff atmosphere yesterday and then out here today, and did yesterday help you at all? J. P. HOWELL: I think definitely. It feels like we're back in the middle of the season again. All those days off. You have four days off. Then you go into the first game and you have a little more nerves flowing through your blood. So just getting back into the rhythm of things helped me out a lot. And just the atmosphere in our clubhouse is really good right now, so we're trying to keep it like that and go day to day as we've been doing all year.
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