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Smyrna's Sonny Gray Named Oakland A's Opening Day Starter

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Former Smyrna High School and Vanderbilt Commodore baseball standout Sonny Gray has taken his success to the ultimate level...Major League Baseball. The Smyrna native has been named the Opening Day starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics major league team. 

Although Gray did see some action with the A's last season, this will officially be his rookie year and there is no better way to make his rookie season debut than as the team's ace. The A's will square off against the Cleveland Indians Monday, March 31st at 9:05pm CST and he'll be dueling with Cleveland veteran Justin Masterson. 

The announcement is another addition to Gray's already impressive resume. Ironically, Gray played for the Brentwood A's, a USSSA team. He also helped lead Smyrna HS football to consecutive state football championships, the baseball team to a No. 3 state ranking and was named to the AFLAC All-American game. In 16 starts during his final season at Vanderbilt, Gray notched an 11-2 record with a 2.10 ERA. 

Gray was drafted by the A's with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2011 draft and will now opens a new chapter in what has been a journey his late father would have loved to see. According to an A's media post, Gray's father, who passed away when Gray was a HS freshman,  wanted to see him "go to college and make the most of it," and "play professional baseball." Despite all of Gray's accomplishments, fulfilling his father's vision is perhaps the greatest one of all. 

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