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Jeanmar Gomez

Eickhoff strong in debut as Phillies beat Marlins, 7-1

MIAMI The 12th pitch Jerad Eickhoff delivered in his major league debut a 92-mph fastball he spotted on the outside of the plate was ripped back his way by Marlins cleanup hitter Justin Bour. The one-hopper deflected off Eickhoff's pitching hand and toward third baseman Andres Blanco. Pitching coach Bob McClure and the Phillies training staff made their way to the mound, where the rookie right-hander's hand was examined before he attempted to throw a couple of warmup pitches. This was not how the 25-year-old Eickhoff, acquired three weeks ago in the eight-player Cole Hamels trade, wanted to start his big league career. But the comebacker did not derail Eickhoff. He retired the...