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Loaisiga wins debut as Yankees blank Tampa

Jonathan Loaisiga’s unflappable demeanor helped him power through a loaded Yankees farm system, a quality the organization believed would serve him well at the highest level. Eyeing the Nicaraguan flags that dotted Yankee Stadium’s seating area prior to his first pitch, the right-hander soothed his nerves by doing what got him to this point, filling the strike zone with a fastball.

Loaisiga may not possess the lengthy track record that other top prospects have compiled, but he continued to impress on Friday, making up for any relative inexperience by dripping with confidence and poise. Loaisiga struck out six over five scoreless innings, picking up the victory in his Major League debut as the Yankees defeated the Rays, 5-0, at Yankee Stadium.

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