The Tampa Bay Rays baseball team has played a total of 37 games this year. Out of those games, only 8 opposing pitchers can claim a win over the hottest team in the Major Leagues.

One of those pitchers is Central Heights' own Grayson Rodriguez.

The Nacogdoches County native got the start at home Tuesday night as his Baltimore Orioles tried to make up some ground on the first-place Rays. Grayson pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out four. The radar gun clocked a couple of his pitches at 99 mph. He left the game in the top half of the sixth inning with the Orioles sporting a 4-2 lead.

That's how the game would end which means that Grayson Rodriguez improves to 2-0 on the season and in his young Major League career. The victory improves Baltimore's record to 23-13, which is 5 1/2 games back of the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays.

Rodriguez was dialed in during Tuesday's performance, but he let out an emphatic yell when he got out of a fifth-inning jam by striking out Randy Arozarena, stranding runners at the corners.

Check out all the game highlights in the video below.

The American League East is by far the toughest division in baseball. Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Toronto, New York, and Boston all have winning records. Currently, Tampa Bay is in first, followed by the Orioles, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Yankees.

Here's what Grayson Rodriguez had to say during his postgame conference.

Rodriguez is scheduled to take to the mound again next Monday, May 15 when the Orioles host Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Grayson Rodriguez Major League Debut

Grayson Rodriguez who played high school baseball at Central Heights made his Major League debut on April 5, 2023, pitching against the Texas Rangers.


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