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Blast from the Reds Past makes his MLB Debut Monday

A name that perhaps has been forgotten among Reds fans makes his major league debut on the hill for the Angels on Monday.

http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060716&content_id=1559719& ;vkey=news_ana&fext=.jsp&c_id=ana

Dustin Moseley will make his Major League debut on Monday against the Indians and Joe Saunders will follow his Triple-A Salt Lake teammate on Tuesday.

The pair will make spot starts to give Jered Weaver and Kelvim Escobar extra time to recover from minor injuries. Weaver is experiencing tendinitis in his biceps, while Escobar has a similar problem in his elbow.

Moseley, who is 8-4 this year with a 3.99 ERA for the Bees, found out just before his scheduled start on Saturday that he was getting called up.

"When [Bees manager Brian Harper] called me in there, the first thing I thought when he said Bill Stoneman said something was maybe I'm traded or something," Moseley said.

"I kind of sat there with my jaw on the ground. It was a dream come true."

If all goes to plan, Moseley will make only one start with both Escobar and Weaver set to pitch next weekend in Kansas City. The right-hander, though, isn't discouraged by his short stint in the Majors.

"I'm part of the Anaheim organization and if I'm in Salt Lake or if I'm here I just want to do something to benefit the ballclub," he said.

Moseley will have some level of comfort on Monday, with manager Mike Scioscia planning on starting former Bees teammate, Mike Napoli, behind the plate.

The Angels acquired Moseley from the Reds in 2004 in exchange for starter Ramon Ortiz. A first-round pick in the 2000 draft, the pitcher said he improved his technique last year while recovering from a right shoulder strain that limited him to 17 starts.

"I have more maturity as a pitcher," he said. "I just learned some things about my delivery and different things that helped my arm and it's actually helped me throw more strikes this year."

The Angels optioned infielder Erick Aybar to Salt Lake after Sunday's game to make room for Moseley.

From the sound of his interviews after the trade, Bowden really burned this kid and his family and they were happy to be rid of the Reds.

I've always had a soft spot for Dustin, and wish him nothing but the best for the Angels.

You can thank Dan O'Brien for flipping him for Ramon Ortiz, he of the 170IP at over 5.00ERA in 2005.

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