Sunday baseball notes

MLB still lacks interest from African-Americans

The Marlins’ Jose Fernandez had a major league debut to remember last Sunday, allowing one run on three hits in five innings against the Mets while striking out eight, a Marlins record for a rookie debut. The 20-year-old Fernandez, who fled Cuba by boat in 2008, joined a pretty select group — he’s the seventh pitcher under the age of 21 in baseball history to fan at least eight batters in his major league debut. The others:

Compiled by Richard McSweeney

How each of the others performed in their debuts:

Rudy May, Angels, age 20, 1965 vs. Tigers. 10 Ks, 1 run in 9 IP in no-decision. (Season: 4-9, 3.92 ERA, 76 K’s in 124 IP)

Dave Morehead, Red Sox, 20, 1963 vs. Senators. 10 Ks, pitched five-hit shutout. (10-13, 3.81, 136 K’s in 174.2 IP)

Curt Simmons, Phillies, 18, 1947 vs. Giants. 9 Ks, made debut in season finale, allowing 5 hits and 1 run for CG win.

David Clyde, Rangers, 18, 1973 vs. Twins. 8 Ks, allowed 2 runs on 1 hit and 7 walks in 5 IP. (4-8, 5.01, 74 K’s in 93.1 IP)

Gary Nolan, Reds, 18, 1967 vs. Astros. 8 Ks, went 7.1 IP, allowing 3 runs in win. (14-8, 2.58, 206 K’s in 226.2 IP)

Denny McLain, Tigers, 19, 1963 vs. White Sox. 8 Ks,e arned CG win, allowing 7 hits, 1 ER. (2-1, 4.29, 22 K’s in 21 IP)

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