KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bobby Cramer, a former substitute teacher who started this season in the Mexican League, won his big league debut Monday by pitching the Oakland Athletics over the Kansas City Royals 3-1.
Cramer held the Royals to one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Cramer (1-0), a left-hander who turns 31 next month, started his pro career in 2003 in the Tampa Bay system. He was a high school math teacher and worked in pipeline maintenance while out of baseball in 2005-06, and played in an independent league in 2008.