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Dodgers' Santana to get first major league start vs. Pirates
| 3 weeks ago

For the second game in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers will give a pitcher his first major league start.

Right-hander Dennis Santana is the latest to get a shot with four members of the Los Angeles rotation on the disabled list. He will go in the series finale Thursday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

On Wednesday, left-hander Caleb Ferguson started in his major league debut but it didn't go well. He had a rough 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and getting a no-decision in an 11-9 loss to the Pirates.

Santana made his major league debut Friday in relief against Colorado, allowing five runs and six hits, striking out four and walking one in 3 2/3 innings.

His first pitch went to the backstop, he hit a batter and he came away from the game with an ERA at 12.27, but the Dodgers were still able to get him his first major league win.

"It was beautiful being able to run out of the bullpen and face these batters that I've only seen on TV," Santana said through an interpreter. "It was a great experience."

Santana, 22, also drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double in the fourth in his first major league plate appearance. He was a shortstop growing up in the Dominican Republic but moved to the mound after signing with Los Angeles.

It remains to be seen what he will tell people years from now about his first start, but the double is what will he will remember about his debut.

"That's the first thing I'm going to say," he said.

Santana started the season at Double-A Tulsa. After moving up to Triple-A Oklahoma City, he was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts, with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

To make room for Santana, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Pedro Baez to Oklahoma City.

Santana will face Pittsburgh right-hander Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.95 ERA) on Thursday.

Los Angeles (30-31) had its four-game winning streak halted in the wild game Wednesday as the Pirates (31-30) broke out after losing three in a row, including two straight shutouts.

"It was just, like, come on, stop," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said, laughing. "I felt like George Jetson on the treadmill -- 'Jane, stop this crazy thing.' I just got out of the way and let them play."

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