A pitcher is credited with a game started if he is the first pitcher to throw a pitch for his team in a given game. A starter who pitches a full season in a five-man rotation will generally tally 32-34 games started.
A pitcher who records the start in a given game is almost always expected to go multiple innings -- and anything less than five innings is usually a disappointment. There is no minimum innings plateau for a pitcher to earn a game started, but he must pitch at least five innings to be eligible for a win.
Watch: J.A. Happ starts a game and strikes out the first hitter.
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