Almost 49 years to the day of Luis Tiant’s major league debut with the Indians, Danny Salazar flash signs of the three-time All-Star also in his first big league start on Thursday.
Offensively, the arm the 23-year-old Dominican native was no match for Toronto as the Tribe defeated the Blue Jays 4-1 to win the three-game series.
“I waited seven years for this day,” Salazar said. “When I was in the bullpen, I was a little nervous. Once I got to the dugout and seen all the guys, I was just thinking, ‘I’ve been preparing myself for this,’ so I didn’t have to be nervous.”
Salazar was near perfect in his big league debut Thursday afternoon, tossing a no-hitter through the first five innings. It wasn’t until the sixth that the hard throwing right-hander allowed his first hit and run.
Touching between 96-99 MPH on his fastball, Salazar finished the afternoon yielding just two hits and one walk, striking out seven.
“From the first pitch of the game he had his poise,” Indians manager Terry