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Recently promoted Stutes makes major league debut with Phillies

With Jose Contreras (above) on the disabled list, Michael Stutes was called up and given his first major league appearance.
With Jose Contreras (above) on the disabled list, Michael Stutes was called up and given his first major league appearance.
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Michael Stutes will never forget his first pitch in the majors.

Chris Young stepped into the box for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who held a 4-0 advantage, in the top of the ninth. Stutes delivered the first pitch of the inning, a 92 mph fastball from the windup and Young turned on the pitch, sending a towering fly ball to deep left field. Luckily for Stutes, Young just missed, giving Raul Ibanez barely enough room to make the catch. No doubt Stutes was worried for a second, only before chuckling and returning to the rubber.

The rest of the inning went very smoothly for the 24-year-old. Next up was Kelly Johnson, who struck out swinging, followed by Justin Upton, who popped up to Ryan Howard behind first base for the third out. The right-hander needed only nine pitches to record a one-two-three ninth.

Stutes, an IronPig until Monday, had his contract selected by the Phillies after Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend. In his time with Lehigh Valley this season, Stutes was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA through 10 innings pitched. The Oregon State product recorded 14 strikeouts and one save.

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