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ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Roman Mendez made his Major League debut Tuesday night against the Astros, pitching two scoreless innings to become just the third pitcher in club history to throw for at least two innings without a hit in his Major League debut.

The 23-year-old Mendez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, living up to Rangers manager Ron Washington's expectations of him, while also adding in a few surprises.

"They said he was throwing strikes, getting his slider across the plate, and that's what he did [Tuesday] night -- attacked the zone," Washington said. "Now I didn't know he threw it 97 [mph]. ... When he popped 97 last night I asked [pitching coach] Mike [Maddux], 'He throws 97?' He said, 'Yeah.'"

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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