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RHP Scott Baker To Make Chicago Cubs Debut Sunday


March 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher

Scott Baker

(32) throws in the first inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Scott Baker with make his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, moving Travis Wood‘s start to Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Baker, 31, signed a one-year deal for $5.5 million with another $1.5 million possible in performance bonuses this past winter.

This season Baker posted a 1-2 record, 6.17 ERA, and 14 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings with Class A Kane County.

Baker has pitched all or part of the last seven season with the Minnesota Twins, from 2005-11. He was the Twins’ Opening Day starter in 2010 and made 23 appearances in 2011, limited by a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

He did not pitch during the 2012 season.

The Twins all-time pitching record books feature Baker in multiple categories, including winning percentage (fourth with .568), starts (11th with 159), wins (11th with 63), and strikeouts (11th with 770).

Baker was drafted by the Twins in the 2003 MLB amateur entry draft in the second round (58th overall).

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