Star Track: Chris Ray

Former William and Mary pitcher Chris Ray's latest stop in his baseball odyssey is Sacramento. That's the Triple-A team in California to which the Oakland Athletics assigned the 31-year-old reliever after signing him July 13.

He yielded two earned runs and two hits -- including a home run -- in his first two innings with the RiverCats in the Pacific Coast League, walking one and striking out three.

Ray spent the first part of the season with the International League's Columbus Clippers, Cleveland's Triple-A club, but was released July 7 by the Indians. He was 2-4 with a 2.75 earned-run average in 33 games for Columbus, spanning 36 innings. Ray surrendered 33 hits, walked 17 and struck out 30.

In 2011, the last time he was in the majors, he went 3-2 for Seattle with a 4.68 ERA in 32 2/3 innings over 29 games. He gave up 33 hits, walked 12 and struck out 22.

In 2010, he held an interesting distinction -- though he didn't participate in the World Series, he pitched for both of its teams: first the Rangers, then the champion Giants. Between the two, he was 5-0 with a 3.72 ERA in 55 2/3 innings.

Ray's career major-league totals include an 18-19 record and a 4.10 ERA in 283 appearances, all in relief. He has given up 259 hits, walked 123 and struck out 230 in 281 innings.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander from Tampa, Fla., began his time at W&M as a reliever. He was 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 39 2/3 innings as a freshman in 2001, when his pitching sparked the Tribe past James Madison in the CAA tournament final.

He was 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA and seven saves in 2002, then went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in the Cape Cod League with the Bourne Braves.

The Orioles picked him 74th overall in the 2003 draft, and he worked his way up the chain for just less than three minor-league seasons. In '05, when he made his major-league debut with Baltimore, he was named the Double-A Relief Pitcher of the Year by MLB.com.

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