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Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman speaks before his 2014 debut

When Kevin Gausman made his major league debut last year with the Orioles, he was welcomed as the latest in a line of saviors to come to Baltimore from the farm system.

Gausman’s numbers weren't in line with that, though, and as he makes his 2014 debut Wednesday, there’s nowhere near the fanfare we experienced last year.

That doesn’t much matter to Gausman, who will face a relentless Detroit Tigers lineup. Miguel Gonzalez, who is being held in reserve in case Chris Tillman or Bud Norris can’t make their next start, will piggyback Gausman. Wei-Yin Chen will start Thursday.

Here’s what the young pitcher had to say Tuesday about his first stint in the big leagues this year:

Obviously, I’m really excited. I pitched against them last year. It’s a little bit of a different lineup without [Prince] Fielder in there, but I’m going to kind of do my research and see what Bud [Norris] did [Monday] night against them. He obviously had success, went deep into the ballgame, so I’m going to kind of try to pick his brain a little bit today.

On whether he was surprised by the call-up:

Not really. I threw kind of a shorter bullpen two days ago, I believe, so I feel good. I feel good physically. Had a little bit of sickness there for a little bit, but it ended up being nothing too serious, so I’m just really happy to be feeling healthy and 100 percent and feeling great.

On whether he’ll be able to go deep in games despite his pitch count being limited to 75 per game in the minors:

I’ve felt for a while that I could go 90 to 100 pitches. I feel good physically, and more than anything, that’s probably most important. I think part of the reason that I was kind of held back a little bit this last start was because I had just come off the [disabled list], so they wanted to make sure everything was OK.

On his performances this season:

I feel good about all my pitches, it was just good to get out there, especially after being on the DL. That was my first time on the DL, so kind of frustrating to be around baseball all day and not play. It was definitely a little frustrating, but obviously I’m happy to be here.

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