Aug 13, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT
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Yunesky Maya tossed three hitless innings today in Florida.
Yunesky Maya, the Cuban right-hander signed by the Nationals two weeks ago who is expected to pitch in the majors this season, took a big first step in that direction this afternoon.
In his minor-league debut, Maya tossed three hitless innings for the Nationals’ rookie Gulf Coast League squad, allowing only one of 10 batters faced to reach base.
The 28-year-old starter hit the first Marlins batter who stepped in against him, then proceeded to record eight straight outs on groundballs before striking out the final batter he faced in the third.
Maya, who signed a four-year, $8 million contract on July 31 and already appears on the Nationals’ 40-man roster, is expected to advance to a higher minor-league level soon. Team officials believe he will pitch for Washington before season’s end.
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