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After toiling for the better part of six seasons in the minor leagues, former Stetson Hatters hurler Corey Kluber is scheduled to make his first Major League start on Thursday night in Kansas City.

The Birmingham native will be making his second trip to the big leagues. He appeared in relief in three games for the Cleveland Indians last year. A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Kluber worked just 4.1 innings in three relief appearances last summer, but this time he will get the ball to start.

He will be opposed by veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie in the game against the Royals. Guthrie will enter the contest with a 3-11 record on the season with a 6.68 ERA in 21 games this year. He has made just two starts for the Royals after being acquired from Colorado on July 20. Guthrie has a career record of 50-78 in MLB with a 4.41 career ERA.

Kluber’s promotion to Cleveland doubles the number of former Hatters who are active in the big leagues. Chris Johnson is settling in as the third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks after being traded from Houston on Sunday. In his first game for the D-Backs Johnson hit a grand slam off the Dodgers’ Aaron Harang to lift Arizona to a 7-2 victory.

For the season Johnson is hitting .284 with nine home runs and 47 RBI.

Overall, Stetson University has sent nine players to the big leagues, starting with Bill Swaggerty, who broke into the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983.

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