Deduno pumped to make first big league start

Deduno pumped to make first big league start

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Samuel Deduno joined the Twins on Friday after having his contract selected from Triple-A Rochester, and said he's excited to make his first big league start on Saturday against the Rangers.

Deduno has some Major League experience, with a career 3.18 ERA in a combined 5 2/3 innings with the Rockies (2010) and Padres ('11). But this will be the first start for him after he posted a 2.14 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 22 walks in 42 innings with the Red Wings.

"It's a good chance for me," Deduno said. "When I was in the big leagues before I didn't pitch much. So it's a good opportunity."

Deduno said that despite his high strikeout rate in the Minors, he doesn't overpower batters with his fastball, as he's more known for his offspeed pitches.

"I'm not really a power pitcher," Deduno said. "But I have a pretty good curveball and a pretty good slider. My changeup is pretty good, too. My fastball moves a lot and it's been around the plate. So it's been good enough."