Dover native Perci Garner makes MLB debut with Cleveland Indians

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CLEVELAND– Pitcher Perci Garner made his major league debut Wednesday night with the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe was ahead 8-3 in the ninth inning against the Twins when the Dover native came into the game.

Garner’s first strikeout in the MLB was Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler. He got two outs and allowed one run.

Bryan Shaw finished out the inning and Cleveland won, 8-4.

“This isn’t September call-ups like, ‘Hey, come audition for next year’ or something like that,” Garner said earlier on Wednesday. “It’s a playoff team, first place and looking to win the championship. So the fact that they got faith in me gives me more confidence.”

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Garner in 2010 out of Ball State University. The 27-year-old right-handed pitcher has split his time between AA Akron and AAA Columbus this season.

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