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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.

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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