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May 23, 2014

What You Need to Know

Ray, the Rays, and the A's

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
After holding the Astros to one run in 5 1/3 innings in his major-league debut and then keeping the Twins off the scoreboard for six frames in his second start, Robbie Ray might have come under the illusion that pitching in the big leagues is easy. If he did, the Rangers smacked the southpaw right out of it on Thursday afternoon.

Ray lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the series finale at Comerica Park, over which he was torched for seven runs on nine hits. The 22-year-old walked four and struck out only one. Of the 83 pitches Ray threw, only two yielded swings-and-misses. His ineffectiveness led manager Brad Ausmus to put infielder Danny Worth on the mound in the top of the ninth, which led to this amusing fact:

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