Hamburger hurls scoreless frame in debut

Hamburger hurls scoreless frame in debut

Hamburger hurls scoreless frame in debut
ARLINGTON -- Reliever Mark Hamburger made his Major League debut on Wednesday, pitching a scoreless ninth in the Rangers' 4-1 loss to the Rays.

"My first pitch, my legs were shaking a tiny bit, but then after I threw that first strike, I went into the zone," Hamburger said.

Hamburger, who was signed during an open tryout by the Twins at the Metrodome in 2007, went 0-2 to both Desmond Jennings and John Jaso and threw 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes.

When Alexi Ogando was taken out after 2 2/3 frames, it looked like many relievers would get a turn on the mound. Hamburger admitted as the innings dwindled, he started to doubt whether Wednesday was going to be his debut.

"I had that little gut feeling," Hamburger said. "Every time they called names, I wasn't called, so I was like, 'Oh, OK, not this time,' but then finally when they did, I was already up on the mound, so I was glad to get in there."