Former Chipola Pitcher Makes MLB Debut with Rays


St. Petersburg, FL---A former Chipola Indian has officially made the jump to the Major Leagues.

Pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser once toed the rubber in Marianna back in 2010. As of Saturday, he'll be on the hill in Tampa as a member of the Rays.

Riefenhauser has spent 2013 and the beginning of 2014 in between Double A Montgomery and Triple A Durham.

In five games this season with the Durham Bulls, C.J threw 7.2 innings, posting a 1.17 ERA, and racking up 11 strikeouts

He also was a part of MLB's Future's All-Star Game in 2013 at Citi Field.

Once arriving at Tropicana Field Saturday, he already made history, tying Jason Isringhausen for the longest last name on the back of a jersey in franchise history.

In his first night up with Tampa Bay, CJ made his big league debut against the team he grew up cheering for, his native New York Yankees. Entering the game in the top of the seventh, Riefenhauser retired all four batters he faced, throwing a perfect 1 1/3 innings.

Tampa Bay defeated the Yankees in dominant fashion, 16-1.


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