De Vries strong in first Fenway Park start

De Vries strong in first Fenway Park start

BOSTON -- Lost in the shuffle of Joe Mauer's game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning against the Red Sox on Saturday was an impressive pitching performance from rookie right-hander Cole De Vries.

De Vries, making his 10th career start and his first at Fenway Park, gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He also finished his outing strong, retiring 17 of the last 20 batters he faced.

"I was definitely amped up going out there just because of the history," De Vries said. "It's the oldest ballpark in the country and you're pitching against the Boston Red Sox. So the first inning I started settling down, and by the second inning, I felt back to normal. So, the emotions were high."

De Vries has been a pleasant surprise with a 3.81 ERA this season, including a 3.63 ERA as a starter. The next two months will be important for him, as he knows it's his chance to audition for a spot in the rotation next season.

"They tell us coming up in the Minor Leagues that every outing you're not only auditioning for your own big league roster, but for everyone else," De Vries said. "So that's kind of how I take it. I would love to be a Minnesota Twin for the rest of my career, but it's also an audition for every other team.

"You never know when trades are going to happen or anything. So I would like to be here and be a part of the team next year and for the years to come, but you also have to look out for yourself."