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Detwiler's big league debut a success

Detwiler's big league debut a success

ATLANTA -- Left-hander Ross Detwiler made his Major League debut on Friday night against the Braves and became the first player selected in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft to play in a big league game.

Detwiler entered the game in the eighth inning. He didn't give up a run and struck out one batter. He fastball was clocked in the low to mid 90s, however, he didn't have good command of his breaking pitches.

"The adrenalin was flowing a little too much. I was trying to throw [the breaking balls too hard]. I know exactly what I was doing wrong. So I think it would be pretty easy to adjust," Detwiler said.

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The first batter he faced was Andruw Jones, who grounded out to second baseman Ronnie Belliard. After Yunel Escobar reached on a throwing error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Detwiler was able to retire Matt Diaz on a fly out to right fielder Austin Kearns, and then struck out Willie Harris.

"I'm kind of beside my self right now. I'm just glad I had the chance. I find it hard to call this a job," a happy Detwiler said. "It's unbelievable my first hitter was Andruw."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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