Esmerling Vasquez has had a cup of coffee in the major leagues before, appearing in 31 total games with the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2009-11 seasons. But it wasn't until Sunday in Kansas City that the Twins right-hander took the mound to start a game in the majors.
Not only was Sunday the first career MLB start for Vasquez, but it was also his Minnesota Twins debut. Vasquez had spent the entirety of the 2012 season with Triple-A Rochester before the Twins called him up Saturday.
In his first big league start, Vasquez was hit with his 11th big league loss as Minnesota fell 6-4 on Sunday as the Twins failed to complete the three-game sweep.
"Vasquez was good for his first outing out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was misfiring a little bit early, but he settled in pretty decent. A good performance by him. He gave us an opportunity."
Vasquez lasted 5 23 innings in Sunday's game and exited during a 4-4 tie with a runner on second ...