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Making his first MLB start in Houston would be a 'dream come true' for Brett Marshall

09/26/2013 6:54 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

A start in Brett Marshall's hometown of Houston this weekend would be a "dream come true" for the right-hander.(AP)
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday that Andy Pettitte will make his final career start on Saturday in Houston, but that "we still have to figure out" who will start Friday and Sunday.

One of the candidates for one of those starts could be RHP Brett Marshall, who said it would be a "dream come true" to make his first career Major League start in his hometown.

"(The thought) has definitely come up, and it would be exciting," Marshall said after Girardi's proclamation on Thursday. "A dream come true."

Like Pettitte, Marshall is a Houston kid; he was born in Highlands, Texas and graduated from Sterling High School in Baytown -- a suburb about 30 miles east of "The Space City" -- so even just the chance to appear in front of family and friends at Minute Maid Park is one he relishes.

"I'll do whatever they want me to do," he said. "If they want me to come out of the bullpen, that's fine too. I'm just looking forward to it."

After a 2012 season that saw him lead the Eastern League in wins, help the Double-A Trenton Thunder reach the EL Championship Series and end up on the Yankees' 40-man roster, 2013 hasn't been as kind to Marshall. He was 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 25 starts at Triple-A, and in his Major League debut on May 15, he surrendered five runs in 5 2/3 innings in relief of Phil Hughes in a 12-2 loss to Seattle.

But along the way, Marshall said he learned a lot about himself, and that rough outing four months ago actually helped him get better.

"The biggest thing I learned was not to think so much; I think I started off rough in Triple-A because I kind of thought about trying to do too much and getting up here (to the Majors) as quick as possible," he said. "That was in the back of my mind, and I wasn't competing with hitters, I was competing against myself. If you do that, you're going to be in trouble."

But as he found his way and found his joy in finally breaking into the Bigs, Marshall also admitted that he got a lot of joy watching his team from last year go on to actually win the Eastern League crown in 2013.

"It's exciting man, I'm happy for them," he said. "I've played with a lot of those guys that were there this year…I wish we could've won it last year too, because that would've been awesome."

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