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Boise High grad Hoyt strikes out first two batters in MLB debut

Boise High graduate James Hoyt throws during a spring training game with the Houston Astros on March 29, 2015.
Boise High graduate James Hoyt throws during a spring training game with the Houston Astros on March 29, 2015. The Associated Press

Reliever James Hoyt struck out the first two major league batters he faced — Kevin Pillar and Darwin Barney — as the 29-year-old, 2005 Boise High graduate made his MLB debut with the Astros in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in Houston.

An error and a walk followed before Hoyt got out of the seventh inning by forcing a groundout from Josh Donaldson, a former Boise Hawk.

The Astros promoted Hoyt, who quit baseball after a lackluster career at a Division III college and was scrubbing boats for a living, on Wednesday. He played for three independent league teams and in Mexico before catching on with the Braves at 26.

At 29-years, 308-days-old, Hoyt is the second oldest pitcher to make his MLB debut in Astros history.

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