ARLINGTON, TX (WLFI) - Harrison graduate and former Purdue pitcher Josh Lindblom made his first start in major league baseball on Monday night with the Texas Rangers.
Lindblom pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits. He added four strikeouts in the 9-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Lindblom became the first Purdue alumnus to make a start in the majors since Jay Buente in May 2011 for the then Florida Marlins.
However, the Rangers decided to send Lindblom back to Triple-A Round Rock after his first start.
Lindblom had served strictly as a reliever at the MLB level during his time with Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. He was first called up to the big leagues by the Dodgers in May 2011. He was in the majors for all of 2012, getting sent to the Phillies in the trade-deadline deal when the Dodgers acquired Shane Victorino.
After getting traded to the Rangers in the Michael Young deal in December, Texas opted to convert Lindblom to a starter while assigning him to the Triple-A Round Rock Express to begin the season. The Lafayette native has been pitching well as a starter, compiling a 4-0 record and 2.08 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. His 0.88 WHIP was tops in the Pacific Coast League.
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