Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/1/13
There are more comfortable ways to make your first major league start than in the middle of a playoff race. Still, Kris Johnson wouldn't have it any other way, even after the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie left-hander stumbled through a 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday that left the Pirates and Cardinals tied atop the NL Central with four weeks left in the season. ''These are the kind of situations you want to be put in,'' Johnson said. ''I just didn't take advantage of them when I had the chance. I worked all my life to get here and to fall short today, (I'm) just going to have to get back on the field, get back on the throwing program and get back to where we were before.'' Johnson (0-2) sparkled after being pressed into action in his big league debut two weeks ago against Arizona, pitching six innings in relief only hours after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. Given more notice about his spot start while the Pirates rested struggling Jeff Locke, Johnson was far less effe...
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