Garrison gets final outs in big league debut

Garrison gets final outs in big league debut

Garrison gets final outs in big league debut
NEW YORK -- Steve Garrison had only a few brief moments to prepare when the phone rang in the Yankees' bullpen for him, but his adrenaline was pumping with a little overtime.

The 24-year-old said he was much more nervous than usual, but ultimately expressed relief after retiring both batters he faced to wrap up New York's 10-3 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

"It was definitely a good feeling," Garrison said. "After that first warmup pitch, that's when everything went away and it was just, 'Let's go. Let's get after it.' It's definitely a great feeling just to get out there and get the initial one out of the way."

Born in Trenton, N.J., and raised in Ewing, the left-hander was claimed on waivers by the Yankees from the Padres last September, especially pleasing his mother, Patty, a big Yankees fan.

Garrison -- who modeled his pitching form after Mark Mulder -- was 3-6 with a 6.26 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) at Double-A Trenton before being called up prior to last Tuesday's loss at Tampa Bay.

"I was nervous all week," Garrison said.

He felt as though he got away with one Monday, hanging a changeup to Justin Smoak that made a loud out in left fielder Brett Gardner's glove, then retired Franklin Gutierrez on a fly ball to right field.

After the game, Garrison was provided the lineup card for the game, which he'll have to find a place for.

"When I first got called up, they gave me that one and I saw my name on it," Garrison said. "This one, I don't know. I'm going to do something. I'm not going to put it away anywhere."