Telis catches shutout in Major League debut

Telis catches shutout in Major League debut

SEATTLE -- Rangers catcher Tomas Telis caught a shutout in his first Major League start on Monday. He is off to almost the exact same start to his career as Jim Sundberg.

Sundberg, who is now in the Rangers Hall of Fame, made his first big league start on April 6, 1974, with Ferguson Jenkins on the mound against the world champion Athletics. With Sundberg behind the plate for nine innings, Jenkins allowed one single and one walk while striking out 10 in a 2-0 victory in the Rangers' second game of the season.

Sundberg was 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored. He also threw out the first two attempted base stealers in his long and highly decorated defensive career. They were the only two baserunners against Jenkins that day.

Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez also had a successful Major League debut. He arrived in the big leagues on June 20, 1991, and was the starting catcher in a 7-3 win over the White Sox. He was 1-for-4 and also threw out two baserunners.

Telis was the first rookie to catch a shutout in his Major League debut since Jason Kendall for the Pirates on April 1, 1996, against the Marlins.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.