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Charles Roderick Furbush

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Charles Furbush made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2011.

Furbush was 7-1 with a 1.75 ERA as a college freshman and hit .392, winning North Atlantic Conference Co-Player of the Year honors. He had a 10-1, 2.89 record with 22 walks and 115 whiffs in 74 2/3 IP. He had a 3-2, 1.83 line for the Hyannis Mets that summer. Baseball America named Furbush as the #10 prospect in the Cape Cod League, just ahead of Josh Donaldson. Transferring to Louisiana State in 2007, Furbush went 3-9 with a 4.95 ERA in 16 starts, striking out 88 batters in 87 innings. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jim Rough and began his professional career that year.

Furbush appeared in 12 games between the GCL Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps in 2007, making 10 starts and going 6-1 with a 2.34 ERA, striking out 69 batters in 61 2/3 innings. He did not pitch in 2008 due to a left elbow sprain. With the Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2009, Furbush went 6-7 with a 3.96 ERA in 24 games (23 starts). He split 2010 between the Lakeland Flying Tigers, (13 starts), Erie SeaWolves (five starts) and Toledo Mud Hens (nine starts), going a combined 8-9 with a 4.25 ERA. He struck out 183 batters in 159 innings.

Furbush catches a ball thrown by a Navy sailor in 2012.

On June 8, 2012, he was the second of a record-tying six pitchers used by the Seattle Mariners in a 1-0 no-hitter over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He succeeded starter Kevin Millwood in the top of the 7th inning, after Millwood had to leave the game with a mild groin strain with the game still scoreless. He got Dee Gordon to fly out, but then misplayed Elian Herrera's grounder, throwing wildly to put him on second base. He then retired Andre Ethier on strikes and was replaced by Stephen Pryor who got the inning's last out and inherited the win when the Mariners scored the game's only run in the bottom of the 7th. Three more pitchers took then mound for the M's to complete the no-hitter, tying a record set by the Houston Astros in 2003.

He was not only the first major leaguer from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, but the first St. Joe's player in any of North America's four major sports leagues.

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