North St. Paul grad makes big-league debut for Twins

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He’s a hometown kid who had his major league debut at one of the most iconic stadiums in all of baseball.

On Wednesday, North Saint Paul High School grad Louie Varland put on his Minnesota Twins jersey for the very first time and took the mound against the New York Yankees.

Louie Varland’s grandparents Denny and Gwen of North Saint Paul couldn’t be more proud.

“It’s just so exciting,” Gwen Varland said. “It’s unbelievable. It could happen and it did. I said, ‘Louie it’s just another game, just another batter, doesn’t matter what field you’re on it’s just another game, batter by batter.'”

Varland pitched 5.1 innings giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 7.

Varland’s brother plays in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system.