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Twins’ Andrew Albers nearly pitches shutout in ML debut

Aug 6, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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Minnesota left-hander Andrew Albers defeated the surging Royals on Tuesday, throwing 8 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. He allowed just four hits.

Albers’ superb outing came just one day after the Royals walloped the Twins 13-0.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire chose to pull the 27-year-old Albers after a single and a one-out walk in the ninth. It was his first walk of the night, and after 109 pitches, he likely was tiring.

Still, it’s too bad he didn’t get one shot to get a game-ending double play. No active major leaguer has thrown a shutout in his major league debut. The last to do it was Detroit’s Andy Van Hekken on Sept. 3, 2002. It’s happened just seven times since 1980.

Albers, who was signed out of indy ball a couple of years ago, was a nice story even before the shutout. The native of Canada was drafted in the 10th round by the Padres in 2008, underwent Tommy John surgery and was released in 2010. That’s the short version. Seth Stohs has the longer one over at Twinsdaily.com.

  1. Cris E - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Between this game and Jamie Carroll’s eighth inning last night things are looking up for the Twins pitching staff.

  2. missthemexpos - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Nice to see a Canadian from the prairies make it to the show.

    • cur68 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Hell yeah. A Sasky Kid, too. Good luck to the kid.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:53 AM

        I think that Albers is the first major leaguer from Saskatchewan since Terry Puhl retired more than 20 years ago. Many years ago, there was a guy from Floral Saskatchewan named Howe who would have been a feared slugger had he stuck with baseball. Instead, he went on to become the greatest hockey player of his era.

      • Shayna - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        “Of his era”?!? Even I, who follow hockey for about 5 minutes in September and another 5 minutes in June know that this is an unnecessary qualifier.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Good for him. Something he’ll never forget; his first start in the Majors and a hell of performance.

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