Debut quite an experience for Royals' Odorizzi

Debut quite an experience for Royals' Odorizzi

DETROIT -- Rookie pitcher Jake Odorizzi never did get an accurate count, but it was quite a contingent that showed up at Kansas City for his debut on Sunday, most of them from his hometown of Highland, Ill.

"I think the range was 40 to 50 people, including family," he said. "It was a short drive so they made a nice day out of it."

Odorizzi pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs to the Indians in a 15-4 loss.

"The thing I was really excited about was he was efficient, worked fast and it's fun to play behind him," right fielder Jeff Francoeur said. "And we all feel comfortable with that."

The nervousness factor?

"I wasn't that bad, to tell you the truth," Odorizzi said. "I think it really helped that I have five days to watch the games prior to this, leading up to it, and when it was my turn it was like a normal start going out there. I wasn't too jittery. ... I was pretty calm."

After the game, Odorizzi took part in the annual rookies' initiation, dressing up in outrageous costumes at the veterans' whim for the trip to Detroit. He drew a loud green dress.

"We had a lot of fun with it," Odorizzi said.

When the team arrived at its hotel, the lobby was virtually deserted so no other guests were aghast or amused.

"The only guy that gave me a laugh was the guy that brought my bag up to me. He got a really good laugh out of it," Odorizzi said.