OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray has no idea whether he will be traded or not, yet he soaked in the standing ovation when he walked off the Coliseum mound nonetheless.
Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.
"It was nice," Gray said of the greeting from his home fans. "I've had a lot of times coming off the mound getting some nice ovations, some cheers. It took me back to 2013 a lot and those two playoff games. It was really nice, and whether it is or whether it's not, it's not up to me. But it brought back a lot of memories."