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Former MU pitcher Straily seeks return to the major leagues

Apr. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Former Marshall University pitcher Daniel Straily is making a strong case for a return to the Major Leagues.

Straily, who pitched for Marshall for two seasons in 2008-09, has made two quality starts for the Oakland Athletics' Triple-A team since being sent down after beating the Houston Astros in his only start this year for the big-league club.

The Athletics are off to a fast start in the American League West. They are in first place at 12-5, but not all of their starting ptichers are succeeding. Left-hander Brett Anderson has struggled in his last two starts, and left with a sprained ankle after giving up four runs in one inning Friday in Tampa against the Rays.

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said after the game that he was not sure if Anderson will be able to make his next start. If not, it could be Straily's turn again.

In two starts at Triple-A Sacramento, Straily has continued the dominant form which saw him strike out 222 batters last season. (Of those, 190 were in the minors.) He surrendered only two earned runs in 12.2 innings pitched. He struck out 16 batters in those two starts while walking only one.

Straily made seven starts for the A's last year. He went 2-1, with a 3.89 earned run average over 39.1 innings pitched.

The former member of the Marshall baseball team was brought to Huntington by coach Jeff Waggoner after pitching one year at Western Oregon University. In two years for the Herd, Straily made 28 starts. His combined overall record for Marshall was 9-7.

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