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Lawrie makes long-awaited debut

The Sports Xchange
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Brett Lawrie went through a lot of firsts on Friday.

The 21-year-old third baseman was playing in his first major league game, got his first major-league hit, his first run batted in, his first error, his first strikeout and his first two-hit game.

Not only that, the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-4.

Lawrie, with his parents and sister in the stands at Camden Yards, lined a single up the middle to drive in a run in his first big-league at-bat in the second inning. He batted ninth.

"Really, when I stepped in the box, I felt very comfortable," he said. "I didn't feel like I was in (Class AAA Las) Vegas, where the batter's box kind of falls apart. I felt very comfortable in there, and just took a deep breath and said 'Here we go.'"

In the bottom of the second, he made his first error.

He also hit a single in the eighth, but Colby Rasmus was thrown out trying to score, so he didn't get that second RBI.

"I had a lot of fun out there (Friday)," he said. "A dream come true. Glad I got the first hit out of the way."

Overall, the highly-touted prospect looked better at the plate than in the field. He couldn't come up with a hard smash by Matt Wieters in the sixth, and in the same inning, he made a low throw to second baseman Aaron Hill that cost the Blue Jays a chance at a double play.

"I'll be out here getting my work in (Saturday)," he said. "I'll be all right."

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