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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.

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"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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