21 Facts About Matt Garza


Matthew Scott Garza was born on November 26,1983 and is an American former professional baseball pitcher.

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Matt Garza made his Major League Baseball debut in 2006 with the Minnesota Twins, and played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.

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Matt Garza attended Washington Union High School in Easton, California where he starred in baseball and football.

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Matt Garza was the 25th pick in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, drafted by the Minnesota Twins.

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Matt Garza gained attention for rising through the ranks of the Twins' minor league system, starting the season at Single-A Fort Myers and ending at the major league level, pitching with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in between.

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Matt Garza earned All-Star berths in the Single-A Florida State League and Double-A Eastern League.

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Matt Garza is one of a small number of players to advance through the minors and reach the major league level in a single season.

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Matt Garza did not make the Twins rotation out of spring training, being assigned to Rochester instead.

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Matt Garza was selected to the 2007 All-Star Futures Game in San Francisco, but did not get to participate due to his call up to the major league club.

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On July 6, in a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field, Matt Garza became the first Twins pitcher to bat in an American League game since Allan Anderson in 1989.

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Matt Garza was put in the eight-spot when catcher Mike Redmond left the game after his head was cut by Jim Thome's bat on a backswing.

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Matt Garza earned MVP honors for the ALCS in which he helped the Rays beat the Boston Red Sox by posting a 1.

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Matt Garza threw a no-hitter on July 26,2010, at home against the Detroit Tigers, becoming the fifth pitcher that season to throw a no-hitter.

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Matt Garza faced the minimum 27 batters as the lone base runner, Brennan Boesch, who drew a 1-out second inning walk, was erased on a double play hit by Ryan Raburn in the next at-bat.

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Matt Garza threw 120 pitches, 80 for strikes, and tallied six strikeouts.

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On January 7,2011, Matt Garza was traded from the Rays to the Chicago Cubs as part of an eight-player deal.

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In spring training, Matt Garza led all pitchers in the major leagues in earned runs given up, with 25, in 21.

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Matt Garza reacted badly to the idea and did not pitch in any of the team's final 28 games.

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On June 3,2017, Matt Garza suffered a shoulder injury in a collision with first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

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Matt Garza's slider is considered his best strikeout pitch, and he is capable of throwing it for strikes late in the count to keep batters off balance.

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Matt Garza is married to his high school sweetheart; together they have six children.

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