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Parra finally sees action on the mound


CINCINNATI -- It took three games and six innings, but left-hander Manny Parra finally made his debut in a Reds uniform on Friday night.

Parra, the former Brewer signed by the Reds as a free agent on Feb. 1, took over for starter Homer Bailey in the seventh inning of the Reds' 15-0 bashing of the Nationals. The 30-year-old, five-year veteran wasn't razor sharp, allowing two hits and a walk with one strikeout in two scoreless innings. But he was just happy to finally work.

"I felt good," Parra said before Saturday's game against Washington. "It was amazing to get out there."

Parra admitted to feeling a little nervous, but he was more anxious while observing all of the hoopla that surrounds Opening Day in Cincinnati.

"That first game, I felt it a little bit," Parra said. "As the games go on, you start settling in."

Manager Dusty Baker was satisfied with Parra's effort.

"He was good," Baker said. "He threw strikes. I told him, with the team we have, trust your defense. Walks are like strikeouts. They give you no chance."

Mark Schmetzer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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