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Hello, Mom? Yanks rookie finally makes big league debut

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One week after getting called to the big leagues, New York Yankees reliever Steve Garrison finally saw some big league action on Monday night.

The 24-year-old lefty recorded two outs in the Yankees' 10-3 win over the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. It was a big moment for Garrison, who was born in Trenton, N.J., grew up as a big fan of the Yankees and was Joe Girardi's last pitching cut in this year's spring training.

The only problem was that Garrison's mother Patty — also a big fan of the pinstripes — wasn't in the Bronx to see her son's debut with her own eyes.

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Garrison received the lineup card from Joe Girardi and had a handful of friends on hand but his mother Patty, who made the trip from Jersey for all three Oakland games over the weekend, picked a bad time to take a night off.

"I'm sure she was watching at home," Garrison said.

You can't blame Patty for taking a breather. Trenton to the Bronx on the train isn't a short trip — about 90 minutes one-way says BLS railway expert Rob Iracane — and driving to Yankee Stadium could take even longer with traffic. Throw in the threat of rain that eventually brought a two-hour delay and it seemed like a good time to take a night off.

It's uncertain how long Garrison will stick with the Yankees — the minor-league starter said he's more than willing to pitch relief now that he's in the big-time — but the good news is that his mother will get plenty of more opportunities to watch him pitch.

Yup, Steve lives at home while playing for the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees' Double-A club.

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