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Former Husky a hit in major league debut

Former Duluth Huskies and current Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rhyne Hughes made his major league debut Saturday, becoming the fifth former Husky and first position player to play Major League Baseball.

Rhyne Hughes
The Baltimore Orioles' Rhyne Hughes singled to drive in a run in the 10th inning against the Red Sox on Sunday in Boston. (Michael Dwyer / Associated Press)

Former Duluth Huskies and current Baltimore Orioles first baseman Rhyne Hughes made his major league debut Saturday, becoming the fifth former Husky and first position player to play Major League Baseball.

The 26-year-old Hughes, who played for Duluth in 2004, went 4-for-9 with two RBIs in two games Saturday and Sunday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Other former Huskies to make major league debuts were pitchers Joe Bisenius for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007, Doug Mathis for the Texas Rangers in 2008 and Mark Melancon for the New York Yankees and Fernie Rodriguez for the Los Angeles Angels in 2009.

Hughes was drafted 225th overall by the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 and traded to Baltimore in 2009.

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