They got their first glimpse of Matt Barnes, Boston’s first round pick in 2011 out of UConn, on Tuesday night, as the 24-year-old made his major league debut against the Baltimore Orioles.
Pitching in relief, Barnes threw three scoreless innings while striking out a pair of Orioles. He showed some great poise on the hill, and didn’t look to be rattled by the spotlight that goes with pitching on the big stage.
“After I got on the mound, instincts took over,” Barnes told reporters after the game, according to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam, “and I wasn’t really nervous at all. Once you get past the (initial) nerves and who you’re playing against, it’s the same game I’ve been playing for 20 years. Once you get out there, you don’t really see anything else except for the (catcher’s) glove "
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