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Turner turns in flawless Cubs debut at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- Jacob Turner made the most of his Cubs debut.

The right-hander, acquired Aug. 8 from the Marlins for two Minor League pitchers, retired all seven batters he faced in the Cubs' 6-2 loss to the Brewers on Thursday. Turner, 23, entered with two outs in the fifth and two on, and got Mark Reynolds to fly out to left to end the inning.

"It'd been a while since I threw in a game," Turner said. "I was just excited to get out there and get my feet back underneath me."

He had not pitched since Aug. 3, when he started for the Marlins against the Reds and gave up five runs over four innings. Turner has thrown a few bullpens with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio offering pointers.

"I know the type of pitcher I am, the type of pitcher I can be," Turner said. "It's just a matter of consistency, and that's what I said Day 1, and that's still the case. You have to go out there every day and be consistent. That's what great pitchers do."

Whether Turner will get a start has not been determined.

"It was good to get him out there to see him," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. "I think it's very promising, quite frankly."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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