Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sonny Gray Not Discouraged Ahead of Start

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Sonny Gray Not Discouraged Ahead of Start

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BALTIMORE — Sonny Gray might feel an extra heavy dose of scrutiny as he takes the mound Wednesday night at Camden Yards.

But he's been here before.

"I think I've struggled in the past and I've responded," Gray said on the eve of his start against Manny Machado and the Orioles. "I struggled last year at the beginning of the year a little bit (with Oakland ) and I responded."

Gray is coming off a two-inning dud at Toronto last Friday night, yielding five runs and pushing his season ERA to 5.85.

"I think this is probably the longest I've struggled for a (single) period, but I'm comfortable in my own skin," Gray said. "I'm not going to walk around with my head down. I'm going to walk around with my head up high and I'm going to figure it out.

"And I mean that's just kind of how I go about things, not only baseball but things in life. …

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