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Ray feels he's ready for prime-time role

Ray feels he's ready for prime-time role

BOSTON -- Chris Ray has given up two runs in seven appearances. One run was on a home run in his second outing of the season. The other was on Tuesday night, when left fielder Josh Hamilton misplayed a fly ball.

But opponents are hitting just .182 off Ray, and he said his stuff is as good as it was in 2006, when he saved 33 games for the Orioles. If the Rangers need a power right-handed-throwing reliever for the eighth inning, Ray believes he can fill that vital role.

"I'm right where I need to be," said Ray, who missed all of 2008 because of Tommy John surgery. "I'm not thinking about mechanics. It feels completely different than last year. It feels like I was before I was injured. I'm confident in any situation. I've done it all -- close, setup, middle relief. When they call down, I'm ready to go."


T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.