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September 7, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Alex Liddi makes MLB debut with Mariners tonight

Alex Liddi is out on the field warming up in preparation for his major league debut with the Mariners tonight. He’ll be starting at third base and batting ninth.
“I came here, I saw the lineup and was very happy,” said Liddi, who’s taken scores of phone calls and emails from his native Italy since getting called up two days ago.
Liddi was asked how he expected to feel once the game began.
“Excited, probably,” he said. “Nervous, a little. I’ve just got to be calm.”


Easier said than done. But it’s the same advice manager Eric Wedge has been giving rookies all season when they make their debuts: go out there and enjoy the day.
“I figured I’ll just go ahead and get him in there and knock the first one out, get it out of the way,” Wedge said of Liddi. “You just want to really enjoy your first day. Go out there and have fun.”
Liddi is the first Italian born major leaguer since Reno Bertoia played in 1962. The Sanremo native is also the first Italian-bred major leaguer to have learned baseball in his homeland right on through his teen years.

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