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Friday, August 29, 2014
Herrera hitless in major league debut

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Dilson Herrera kept his nerves mostly in check during an 0-for-3 major league debut that included a ninth-inning fielding error.

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“To be honest, it was a little bit of nerves going into the first inning, but after that it was fine,” Herrera said through an interpreter after Friday's 4-1 win against the Phillies at Citi Field. “I felt good the rest of the game.”

Herrera noted he had played in a big stadium once before -- at the 2013 Futures Game, which happened to be at Citi Field while he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Edgardo Alfonzo managed that World Team.

“It’s fine,” he said, downplaying the venue after a jump from Double-A. “I really don’t concentrate on that. I focus on the game.”

First-pitch swinging, Herrera grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, against Phillies right-hander David Buchanan. He struck out in the fifth. In his third and final at-bat, he lined out to second baseman Chase Utley in the seventh while facing left-hander Jake Diekman.

“I was just happy that I had good contact,” Herrera said. “After that, I can’t control the rest.”

As for the error, when he booted Grady Sizemore's routine one-out grounder in the ninth, Herrera said his hands were too rigid fielding the ball.

“Just normal stuff,” Herrera said. “It’s part of the game.”

Concluded Terry Collins: “I’m sure he was a little nervous. Of course, the one ball he hit to Chase, the ball was hit very, very good. It’ll be fun to keep watching him play.”