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Kevin Gregg

Toronto Blue Jays — No. 63
Relief pitcher
Born: June 20, 1978 (1978-06-20) (age 31)
Corvallis, Oregon
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 9, 2003 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Career statistics
(through September 17, 2009)
Win-Loss     23-27
Earned run average     4.10
Strikeouts     434
Saves     85
Teams
Gregg pitching for the Florida Marlins in 2008.

Kevin Marschall Gregg (born June 20, 1978 in Corvallis, Oregon) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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High school career

Gregg attended Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon, and starred in football, basketball, and baseball.

Professional career

Gregg was drafted in the 15th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft (435th overall) by the Oakland Athletics. On October 15, 2002, he was granted free agency and signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels on November 20, 2002.

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2003-06

Gregg made his major league debut with the Angels on August 9, 2003. Gregg spent his next three seasons with the Angels as a spot-starter and a middle reliever. In 2004 his 13 wild pitches were second-most in the AL. On November 20, 2006, he was traded to the Florida Marlins for Chris Resop.

2007

Gregg began the 2007 spring training competing for the closer role for the Florida Marlins. By the time spring training was completed, he had been relegated back to a middle reliever role after the team made a trade to bring in Jorge Julio.

He took over the closer role for the Marlins after the team went through a couple of options in Julio, who was traded to the Colorado Rockies in mid-May, and Henry Owens, who lost the job after landing on the disabled list in mid-May. Gregg finished the 2007 season with 32 saves in 36 save opportunities with 3.54 ERA, leaving him tied for the 8th most saves in the National League despite not being the closer for the first month and a half.

2008

Gregg continued in the closer role in 2008. As of August 31, 2008, Gregg was 6-8 with a 3.79 ERA, and 29 saves in 38 chances.[1] On August 30, it was reported that Gregg would be out indefinitely with a left knee injury that allegedly had been bothering him for quite some time. Upon his return, he was used mostly in middle relief. In 2008 he tied for the major league lead in blown saves, with 9, and tied for second in losses in relief, with 8.[1]

On November 13, 2008, Gregg was traded to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher José Ceda.[2]

2009

Gregg competed with Carlos Marmol for the position of closer during the 2009 Spring Training. On March 29, 2009, manager Lou Piniella announced that Gregg had won the closer position and Marmol would serve as set-up pitcher.[3]

After a series of disappointing appearances by Gregg in August, including blowing three of his last five save chances, and allowing 12 homers in 56⅓ innings in 2009, the most in the majors for a reliever, Piniella announced on August 18 that Marmol would replace Gregg as closer. Gregg will become a set-up man for Marmol.

2010

On February 5, 2010, Gregg signed a 1 year, $2.75 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays with team options for future years.[4]

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