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Dane David De La Rosa

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Pitcher Dane De La Rosa reached the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011.

He was originally drafted in the 34th round of the 2001 amateur draft by Texas Rangers, however he opted to go to college instead. He was then drafted by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the 2002 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jeff Patterson and began his professional career the following season.

He played for the GCL Yankees in 2003, going 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five games (one start), striking out 12 and allowing only five hits in nine innings. In 2004, he pitched for the GCL Yankees and Staten Island Yankees, going a combined 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 15 games (one start). Despite posting a sub-3.00 ERA, he was released by the Yankees after the 2004 season. In 2005, De La Rosa went 1-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 23 games (10 starts) with the independent Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League. He did not play in 2006.

In 2007, De La Rosa began the season with the Golden Baseball League's Long Beach Armada, serving as the team's closer and going 2-4 with a 3.69 ERA and 16 saves in 39 appearances. He was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers in September of that year and appeared in one game for the Helena Brewers. Overall, he went a combined 2-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 40 games in 2007, striking out 56 batters in 48 1/3 innings.

De La Rosa was back in independent baseball in 2008, pitching for the Golden Baseball League's Orange County Flyers and going 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 32 appearances, saving 14 games and striking out 40 in 34 2/3 innings. In 2009, he pitched for three teams, the El Paso Diablos of the independent American Association, the Victoria Seals of the Golden Baseball League and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. He went 2-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 33 games (six starts) that year, striking out 69 batters in 60 innings.

He signed with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2010 season, pitching for the Charlotte Stone Crabs and Montgomery Biscuits. He went a combined 9-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 49 relief appearances, striking out 80 batters in 76 innings. After going 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA for Durham in 35 games to start 2011, he was recalled by the Rays to replace Alexander Torres.

He made his big league debut in July. Replacing David Price with a 2-0 deficit in the top of the 8th, he entered with one on and one out. He fanned Mark Teixeira as Curtis Granderson was caught stealing to end the inning. In the 9th, he retired Robinson Cano on a grounder but walked Nick Swisher on a full count and Russell Martin on four pitches. He was relieved by Cesar Ramos.

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