Roth Set For First MLB Start


By Sports Department

(WOLO) -- Former Gamecock Michael Roth will get his first Major League start Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Angels.

Roth (1-0 3.60 ERA) will take on Yu Darvish (3-1 2.03 ERA) and the Texas Rangers. Monday Roth gave up a hit to the only batter he faced, Lance Berkman. On April 13th, Roth became the first Angel reliever to earn a win in his Major League debut since 1983. He pitched two perfect innings against Houston in a 5-4 win. Roth has thrown a total of 5 innings for the Angels and given up four hits and two runs. The 23-year-old is just the second player from the 2012 MLB Draft to make it to the majors.

"I wouldn't have thought it, you wouldn't have thought it, but that's what it is right now," Roth said. "I'm excited to go out there and hopefully put the team in a position to win."

"It's going to be a staff day unless Michael Roth goes and gets through six innings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the 5-4 walk-off win that evened the series and snapped the Rangers' four-game win streak on Tuesday night. "It doesn't have to be, but I think we can back him up with some guys if we have to do. I think he's a good candidate, and it gives us more options where we can use Jerome [Williams] if we have to."

"My arm feels good. I haven't thrown out of the 'pen on back-to-back days yet," Roth said. "I think I'll be all right. My last start in Double-A was five innings. I'm just going to go out there inning by inning, as cliché as that sounds. Go out there and have some fun."

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