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Photos confirm: Rice makes big league debut in New York

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As a Major Leaguer for the first time since being drafted in 1999, Scott Rice attacks the San Diego Padres at Citi Field in New York on April 1, 2013.

Left-handed reliever and former Rev Scott Rice made it official on Monday afternoon, becoming the fourth Revolution alumnus to play in the Major Leagues and the first to make his MLB debut after wearing the Revs uniform.  The Mets opened the season against San Diego at Citi Field in Flushing, and won in a laugher, 11-2.

New York Manager Terry Collins called Rice’s number for the top of the ninth, and in his 15th professional season, at age 31, the oldest rookie on any MLB Opening Day roster completed his long and strange journey.  The first big league batter Rice faced was Padres catcher Nick Hundley, and he struck him out swinging.  Next up was center fielder Cameron Maybin, who was also set down swinging.  Once right fielder Will Venable grounded out to Daniel Murphy at second, Rice was in the middle of the Mets first victory line of the year, with a perfect top of the ninth and two punch outs.

More photos of the aftermath after the jump:

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Mets catcher John Buck comes out to greet Scott Rice after his 1-2-3 ninth inning finished New York’s 11-2 Opening Day win over San Diego.

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Mets third baseman David Wright congratulates Scott Rice on the victory and his successful Major League debut.

-Paul Braverman


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