Rapid maturation of Ray is relief for Orioles

In offseason, club feared closer role may be too much too soon

now Ray, 24, has 27 saves

August 11, 2006|By KATIE CARRERA | KATIE CARRERA,SUN REPORTER

In the winter meetings leading up to the 2006 season, one of the Orioles' top priorities was finding a closer.

"It seemed like all we wanted to do," manager Sam Perlozzo recalled.

Orioles@Red Sox Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: O's Adam Loewen (2-3, 5.72) vs. Red Sox's David Wells (0-2, 8.05)

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