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Former Tiger pitcher makes NL debut

Posted: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Former Marana High School star Ryan Perry made his National League debut on Tuesday night. Perry pitched one inning in the Washington Nationals 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Perry, who pitched for the University of Arizona and is a Continental Ranch Little League alum, had a shaky outing for the Nationals. He pitched one inning, giving up three hits and a run. The team was down 4-1 when he entered the game.

The Senators acquired Perry in a trade last December and he was pitching for their AAA affiliate when he got the call-up to the Majors to replace reliever Brad Lidge when he went on the disabled list.

Perry had pitched the previous three seasons for Detroit, though he battled injury issues last season and spent time in the minors. Perry is a former first round draft pick and has a very strong arm and the potential to be a closer or set-up man at the Major League level.

“His stuff has never been a problem,” noted Diamondbacks’ broadcaster Mark Grace during Tuesday night’s broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona.

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