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Luzardo will be the first Peruvian to start an Opening Game in MLB

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Luzardo will be the first Peruvian to start an Opening Game in MLB

On February 27, 2024, it was announced that Jesús Luzardo will make history as the first Peruvian pitcher to start on a Major League Opening Day. The left-handed pitcher will take the mound for the Miami Marlins as they face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 28 at loanDepot Park.

Born to Venezuelan parents in Lima, Luzardo, 26, made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2019 and has since made a name for himself in the league. Last season, he had a standout performance with personal bests in starts, won-loss record, innings pitched, and strikeouts.

This will be the fifth consecutive season that the Marlins have had a Latin American pitcher start on Opening Day, with the previous four being opened by Dominican pitcher Sandy Alcantara.

Luzardo’s journey to becoming the first Peruvian pitcher to start on an MLB Opening Day is a milestone for baseball in his country and a momentous occasion for fans around the world.

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