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Uvalde, TXHouston Chronicle

Astros' Brooks Raley reflects on impact of ex-Texas A&M coach Rob Childress

Brooks Raley developed late at Uvalde High School. Colleges came to see him but few were interested. Texas A&M’s second-year coach saw something different. “I had one college offer and it came from Rob Childress,” Raley said on Tuesday, two days after the Aggies fired Childress following a 16-year run at the helm.
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Astros' Brooks Raley: Tagged with loss

Raley (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season Sunday, allowing one run and one hit in a third of an inning against the Rays. Raley induced a pair of soft groundballs sandwiched around Austin Meadows's being hit by a pitch. The second soft grounder was not handled well by Alex Bregman, whose wild throw to first base put Meadows on third. Ryne Stanek entered and gave up a shift-beating single to Manuel Margot, tagging Raley with the loss. His importance in the bullpen has grown recently, as this was Raley's fourth straight leverage appearance.
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Astros' Brooks Raley: Works eighth inning in win

Raley struck out two over a perfect eighth inning in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Seattle. Entering the eighth inning with a two-run lead would normally mean Ryne Stanek, but he threw 29 pitches Monday, so manager Dusty Baker rolled with Raley. Joe Smith had opened the season as the eighth-inning man, but he's pitched himself out of the role with a 12.71 ERA. Raley had given up runs in six of 10 outings but was given the chance to preserve the lead for closer Ryan Pressly. He picked up his third hold with the perfect inning, the second time in three appearances that he's retired all three batters faced.
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Astros' Brooks Raley: Unlikely save Saturday

Raley struck out one over 1.2 scoreless innings to record his first save of the season in Saturday's 9-1 win over the A's. The southpaw was called on to squelch a rally in the eighth inning and protect a 5-1 lead after Enoli Paredes had loaded the bases, creating a save situation for Raley as the tying run was on deck, and the Astros then tacked on four more insurance runs in the top of the ninth. It's only the second career save for the 32-year-old, who coughed up two runs Friday in one-third of an inning, but Raley could see semi-consistent high-leverage work this season with Blake Taylor being the only other left-hander in the Houston bullpen at present.
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Astros' Brooks Raley: Projected for bullpen

Raley is projected to claim a roster spot in the Astros' bullpen, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Raley has allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.2 Grapefruit League innings. The left-hander is expected to be a middle reliever.
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Astros' Brooks Raley: Prepping for long relief

Raley has prepared during the offseason to fill an inning-eater role out of Houston's bullpen, Ryan Herrera of the Houston Chronicle reports. Raley was one of several pitchers to come out of nowhere and serve as bullpen pieces for the Astros last season. Unlike the others, who were young pitchers making their MLB debuts, Raley was in his 30s and spent most of his career pitching in leagues around the world. He became a trusted member of the 'pen and made six relief appearances during the postseason.