TORONTO -- Former Columbia outfielder Fernando Perez '04CC made his Major League debut on Friday, September 5 for the Tampa Bay Rays and it was an impressive introduction to the big leagues.
Entering as a pinch runner in the seventh inning with one out, Perez came around to score on an RBI single by Jason Bartlett to bring the Rays to within 4-3.
With the Rays down 6-3 entering the ninth against Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan, Perez led off the inning by beating out a push bunt up the first base line. The speedy outfielder then came around to score on a one-out double by Bartlett, cutting the Toronto lead to 6-4 but Ryan eventually closed it out as the Blue Jays took the opener of the weekend series.
An All-Ivy Leaguer at Columbia, Perez was called up to the majors on Sunday, August 31 to the Rays, who entered Friday's action three and a half games ahead of Boston for first place in the American League East.