Breaking The Ice
David Purcey's major league debut came rather suddenly and unexpectedly. The lefthander, the organization's first-round draft pick in 2004 (16th overall) from Oklahoma, was called up from Triple-A Syracuse, where he was 2-0, 1.89 in three starts, for a spot start against the Tigers. He was starting in place of A.J. Burnett, who was forced into duty to pitch the 14th inning in a loss to the Rangers two days earlier.