Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted May 25, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated May 25, 2009 at 09:41 PM
CLEVELAND—Randy Choate’s Rays debut tonight marked his first big-league appearance since June 27, 2007, for the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers. A long time to wait for a veteran guy.
But when Reid Brignac threw the ball away on that Shin-Soo Choo grounder for an error, and Grant Balfour immediately replaced Choate, a rather unusual streak continued.
Choate only made two appearances for Arizona in 2007, on June 26 and June 27, and he didn’t retire a batter in either performance. He faced three guys and allowed three hits.
So if you add in what happened tonight, you have to go back to Oct. 1, 2006 to find the last time Choate actually recorded an out in a big-league game—Geoff Blum hitting into a 1-4-3 double play to end the fifth inning of Arizona’s game against San Diego on the final day of the season.