MINNEAPOLIS Cole De Vries already had his first major league start out of the way, so you would assume some of the nerves were gone as the Eden Prairie native and former Minnesota Gophers pitcher made his Target Field debut on Tuesday.
De Vries, making his second start with the Twins, was all over the place in Minnesota's 3-2 win over Oakland. The 27-year-old right-hander walked the leadoff batters in the first and third innings and hit Seth Smith to start the second inning. In all, he finished the game with five walks and a hit batter.
Safe to say the nerves were still there as De Vries pitched in front of his hometown fans, and he was the first to admit as much."I was fairly composed during my bullpen," De Vries said. "I could tell that I was a little amped up, but then I went and sat down for a little while. When I started to walk out to the mound, boom, right through the ceiling. I was like, All right. Let's calm down a little bit.'"De Vries eventually did calm down,...