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Andy Sonnanstine (born March 18, 1983 in Barberton, Ohio) is a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. Sonnanstine is a graduate of Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio, and attended Kent State University.

Sonnanstine made his first Major League start against the Toronto Blue Jays, receiving a no-decision. He picked up his first major league win on June 10, 2007, in a game against the Florida Marlins.

Sonnanstine demonstrated strikeout potential in 2007 when, through seven innings of work against the Marlins, he struck out ten batters, including a franchise-record seven in a row, while allowing two runs on seven hits. He also went 2-for-3 as a batter, scored his first run and drove in his first career RBI.

Sonnanstine has impressed many by his mental approach to the game, as he is a fierce competitor who takes a mental approach similar to that of Greg Maddux.[1]

Andy Sonnanstine

Andy Sonnanstine in the Minor Leagues

One of Sonnanstine's best starts came on August 31, 2007 against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, where he pitched 8 innings, allowing 2 hits and no earned runs (1 unearned run) with 5 strikeouts and no walks. He ended his rookie campaign with a 6-10 record, pitching 130 2/3 innings with an ERA of 5.85.

In another career night, on April 19, 2008, Sonnanstine pitched a complete game shutout against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed just 3 hits and struck out 4 batters while walking only one.[2]

Andy is a graduate of Wadsworth High School in Wadsworth, Ohio.

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