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Dodgers Youth Movement Begins Tonight In Philadelphia

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(CBS) – Dodger fans are getting a glimpse of the future tonight in Philadelphia, with 22-year-old mega prospect Rubby De La Rosa getting his first major league start against 12-year veteran Roy Oswalt.

You would figure the kid would be excited to get his first big-league start, but as De La Rosa told MLB.com, that’s not the case.

” No, I’m not excited. It’s what starters do. They start. I’m not nervous. I don’t feel butterflies when I pitch ; I don’t feel anything. I grew up in the streets. How can I be scared compared to anything compared to that?”

De La Rosa isn’t the only highly touted prospect making his first MLB start tonight, Dee Gordon is expected to be the Dodgers starting SS.

Gordon scored a run last night when he came into the game to pinch run, he was called up from Albuquerque earlier in the day.

Gordon is the son of  Tom “Flash” Gordon, the star reliever for much of the 90’s, who pitched three seasons in Philadelphia,  where Dee will debut.

“My dad was ecstatic, like any other dad would be. I know (Citizens Bank Park) like the back of my hand; this place more than any other because I was older when my dad was signed to play with them. It was surreal to find out that my first game would be in Philly. I was waiting for them to give me the call. When they did, I was ready.”

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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