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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Detroit Tigers right-hander Alex Faedo took the mound Monday for his return to Tropicana Field, about 20 miles from his hometown of Tampa and 150 miles from the University of Florida.

It was a homecoming start.

Faedo has spent most of his life in Florida, and he attended many Tampa Bay Rays games as a kid. This time, the 26-year-old rookie entered the ballpark — matched up against 12-year MLB veteran Corey Kluber — and allowed just one run while pitching into the sixth inning.

“Pitch by pitch,” Faedo said. “Don’t try to overthink it. Don’t try to overdo it. I tried my best to not be too anxious out there. It was a dream come true. I’ve been to a ton of games here. I could hear the support in the crowd.”

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