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Former USC baseball pitcher Brad Boxberger made his major league debut last Sunday tossing a hitless inning of relief for the San Diego Padres.  He is the 101st Trojan to appear in a big league game, which pushes USC back ahead of Arizona State for the most MLB alums all-time.

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"It was just a rush of excitement," Boxberger said about getting the call. "There's not really anything I can say to explain exactly how I felt, but it was exciting."

The right-hander was a second team All-American at Troy before the Reds drafted him in the first round in 2009.  He was a key piece of the Mat Latos trade between Cincinnati and San Diego during the offseason.

"He comes from a solid background as an amateur," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He's got a good arm, he's got good stuff. Again, there's a big difference between Minor League pitching and Major League pitching, but I think there is a fundamental skill set there that projects to be a Major League reliever."

(Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Here's a look at Boxberger in action during spring training earlier this year...


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