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Randy Dobnak's parents make trek to Target Field for son's anticipated debut

Updated: August 08, 2019 09:01 PM

Randy Dobnak's rise through the Twins' minor league system this season earned the pitcher his first call-up to the major leagues this week.

His parents got the news and quickly planned their drive from Pennsylvania to Target Field, where Dobnak could pitch this weekend against the Cleveland Indians.

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"We haven't missed a debut at any level in his entire career and we're not missing this one," Randy's father Rick told KSTP's Chris Long.

Dobnak, 24, wasn't drafted out Division II Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia, so he played independent ball before the Twins signed him to a minor league contract.

Starting the season with Single-A Ft. Myers, Dobnak has worked his way all the way up to Triple-A Rochester this season. He was officially called up by the Twins Thursday afternoon, but he had advanced notice so his parents could get on the road.

"He's never had this many people watch him play ball before," Randy's mom Jodi said Thursday night at Target Field. "I'm starting to get a little teary-eyed."

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