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Dustin Richardson Makes MLB Debut With Boston

Former Red Raiders Dustin Richardson on the mound for the Boston Red Sox.
Former Red Raiders Dustin Richardson on the mound for the Boston Red Sox.
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Sept. 29, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Red Raider pitcher Dustin Richardson made his Major League Baseball debut last night at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox, just hours after getting called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Richardson, who lettered at Tech in 2005 and 2006, saw action immediately with the Red Sox as he entered last night's game against Toronto with two outs in the fifth and logged 1 1/3 shutout innings in an 11-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Richardson will be on hand tonight in what could be a big day in Red Sox Nation as Boston needs either a win over the Blue Jays or a loss by Texas to clinch the American League Wild Card over the Rangers.

Red Raider fans will most remember Richardson from his appearance on the ESPN reality show "Knight School" back in 2006 when he ended up as finalist for the grand prize of a walk-on role on the men's basketball team.

On the diamond, he compiled a 5-3 career record and a 4.81 earned run average for the Red Raiders over the course of 35 appearances. He made a total of 12 starts over the span of two years and racked up 89 strikeouts over 91 2/3 innings pitched.

Richardson becomes the 20th former Red Raider to play in Major League Baseball and joins Josh Bard (Nationals), Jeff Karstens (Pirates) and Josh Braden (A's) as one of four active players on MLB rosters.

The Red Sox will take on Toronto tonight at 6:10 p.m. (CT) on MLB TV.



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