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Watch Miguel Cabrera offer a thumbs up to Eric Skoglund during his big-league debut

Ned Yost on Eric Skoglund's masterful debut

The Royals defeated the Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday behind 6 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie Eric Skoglund.
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The Royals defeated the Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday behind 6 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie Eric Skoglund.

In most ways, it was just about perfect.

In his major-league debut, Royals left-hander Eric Skoglund threw 6  1/3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. He beat Tigers ace Justin Verlander. His parents, Cindi and Lennie, were in attendance. He received a standing ovation.

The ovation offered goosebumps, first baseman Eric Hosmer said. But it had a rival for the coolest moment of the debut. When former American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera stepped in the batter’s box against Skoglund, he offered a thumbs up and a quick head nod.

“That was a pretty special moment,” Skoglund said.

Welcome to the big leagues, kid.

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