The Minnesota Twins have had a handful of players make their major league debuts this season. Add reliever Michael Tonkin to the list.
The 23-year-old Tonkin debuted Thursday at Tropicana Field, pitching 1 13 innings of relief in Minnesota's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He entered Thursday's game with the Twins trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tonkin came in with two outs in the inning and replaced right-handed reliever Josh Roenicke.
Tonkin's first batter he faced was Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. After falling behind in the count 2-0, Tonkin got two strikes on Longoria before getting him to swing and miss at a 96 mph fastball for his first big league strikeout.
After the Twins scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to cut the Rays' lead to 4-3, Tonkin went back out to pitch the bottom of the inning. He got James Loney to fly out to left field for the first out and induced a first-pitch flyout to right field off the bat of Yunel Es...