23-year-old Danny Salazar spent the beginning of the season pitching in the minors for the Columbus Clippers, and yesterday he made his professional debut with the Cleveland Indians. Getting the big call up could make some players nervous and shaky, but Salazar looked like a hardened pro on the mound against the Blue Jays.
In six innings, Salazar struck out seven batters and only allowed two hits and one run. The Indians ended up with an important 4-2 win over Toronto, with Asdrubal Cabrera adding a 388 foot homer in the first inning. Salazar's outstanding debut impressed the managers for both squads, leaving Toronto's John Gibbons at a loss for words: "We couldn't do anything with Salazar. He's got a great arm. I tip my hat to the young kid," said the Blue Jays manager. Cleveland manager Terry Francona added, "He was terrific. That can be what he is. The kid has special stuff. We think the kid has a very bright future." Salazar's debut was a one-time call up, but it sounds like he'll be a mainstay in Cleveland before long.
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