Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran has candid reaction to first MLB hit

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Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran has great reaction to first MLB hit originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It didn't take long for Boston Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran to make a positive impact in his Major League debut Saturday night against the New York Yankees.

Duran stepped to the plate for his first major league at-bat in the second inning against Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. The Sox center fielder took a fastball from Cole and hit into center field for his first career hit.

Duran later scored in the inning to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead, although they would ultimately lose 3-1 on an eventual night at Yankee Stadium.

“I was hoping he’d throw me a fastball,” Duran said in his postgame press conference. “He’s a really good pitcher, so I wanted to make sure that I got my pitch before he started to dice me up. So I guess that worked in my favor and I got a fastball first pitch.”

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What was it like to accomplish a lifetime dream of getting your first major league hit after just one pitch?

“I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders,” Duran told reporters. “I was like, ‘Ok, I can relax now,’ just to get that first one out of the way.”

Duran was pleased with his three trips to the plate in his debut. 

"I thought I put together some at-bats. I struck out my second at-bat but I thought I worked the count pretty good and was able to fight," he said. "I draw a walk in my last at-bat, hopefully keep the line moving and let (Christian Vazquez) do his thing. I think I was able to put together some good at-bats for the team."

The Red Sox and Yankees will conclude their series at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. They also will begin a four-game series at Fenway Park on Thursday.