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Newest Red, Derrick Robinson, not so nervous in first at-bat

The newest Cincinnati Red, Derrick Robinson, reached on an error by Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond in the sixth inning Friday. It was his first big league at-bat, and Robinson wished Desmond had fielded it cleanly because he thought he could beat it out for a hit.

“I was running as fast as ever,” the speedy outfielder said.

Robinson was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday to take the roster spot of Ryan Ludwick. He didn’t play Wednesday and Thursday and had waited anxiously for his first chance, which finally came in the Reds’ 15-0 victory.

“It was good to get it out of the way,” he said before Saturday’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Nationals. “Surprisingly, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. After that first pitch, I was thinking, ‘Game on.’ I might have been a little too anxious to put that 2-0 pitch in play, instead of just playing my game.”

Robinson’s parents got to see his debut in person. His mom has been taping his games since he was a star defensive back at P.K. Yonge High School in Gainesville, Fla. Robinson signed with the University of Florida in 2006, but was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round and signed for $850,000.

Robinson said his mom got his first at-bat on camera.

“It’s one to hold on to, maybe for the kids to watch,” he said.

The clubhouse staff also saved him a few baseballs.

“They authenticated them so I can hold on to them,” he said.

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