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Jose Fernandez K's 8 in MLB debut

    NEW YORK -- Rather impressive debut by 20-year-old Jose Fernandez, who whiffed eight Mets before departing after the fifth.

    According to baseballreference.com, since 1916 only six other starting pitchers under the age of 21 struck out as many in their MLB debuts: Dave Morehead (10 in 1963), Rudy May (10 in 1965), Curt Simmons (9 in 1947), Denny McLain (8 in 1963), Gary Nolan (8 in 1967) and David Clyde (8 in 1973).

    Fernandez retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a one-out single to Daniel Murphy in the fourth. The Mets got to him for a run in the fifth after Ruben Tejada reached on a one-out single and scored on Anthony Recker's double on a 1-2 pitch.

    The rookie right-hander finished the day allowing a run on three hits and a walk over five innings.

    Other notable MLB debuts by Marlins starters:

    Josh Beckett (9/4/2001): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

    Dontrelle Willis (5/9/2003): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 7 K

    Livan Hernandez (6/15/1997): 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 K

    The Marlins, who have Fernandez on a pitch/inning limit, allowed him to 80 pitches, 53 for strikes.