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Matt Garza


Matt Garza

Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays acknowledges outfielder Carl Crawford after a catch on July 5, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Vital Statistics:

Born: Nov. 11, 1983

Hometown: Selma, Calif.

Height: 6-4

Weight: 215

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, Serina; son, Matthew (2002); daughter, Sierra (2005)

Primary position: Starting pitcher

Before The Bigs:

  • Went 1-6 with a 9.55 ERA as a freshman at Fresno State, but improved to 6-3 with five saves as a sophomore and was 6-5 with a 3.07 ERA as a junior.
  • Was the 25th pick in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Minnesota Twins.
  • Rose quickly through the Twins organization in 2006, starting the season at Single-A Fort Myers and ending it in the Twins rotation.
  • He was a combined 14-4 with a 1.99 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 2006, and was selected the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
  • Started the 2007 season in Triple-A, and was selected to the All-Star Futures Game before his call-up on July 6, 2007

MLB Career Highlights:

  • Was originally called up to the majors on Aug. 8, 2006, and lost in his first Twins start to Toronto. Picked up his first win on Aug. 23 vs. Baltimore.
  • After going 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 2007, he was traded to the Rays along with SS Jason Bartlett and P Eduardo Morlan for OF Delmon Young, OF Jason Pridie and IF Brendan Harris.
  • Joined the Rays' rotation for their surprise AL pennant season, going 11-9 with a 3.70 ERA.
  • Was MVP of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox with a 1.38 ERA in two starts and winning Game 7 of the series.
  • Threw a no-hitter vs. Detroit on July 26, 2010, winning 5-0 and facing the minimum 27 batters.
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