Cessa debuts vs. former team, meets Miggy

Acquired from Tigers in December, Yanks' youngster fans Upton before allowing homer to Cabrera

Cessa debuts vs. former team, meets Miggy

DETROIT -- The winding path of Luis Cessa's career took him from organizations based in New York to Detroit and back again, so it seemed somehow appropriate that the right-hander's first opponent would be one of those former clubs.

Cessa made his Major League debut in relief on Friday, throwing two innings in the Yankees' 4-0 loss to the Tigers. Cessa was traded by Detroit with right-hander Chad Green for left-hander Justin Wilson during the Winter Meetings.

"It's an amazing feeling. It's my debut," Cessa said. "I think they have a really good lineup this year, Detroit, so I need to focus all the time. The first through the ninth, it's a really good lineup. I feel amazing."

Cessa, 23, struck out the first batter he faced, Justin Upton, then surrendered an opposite-field home run to Miguel Cabrera.

Miggy's solo home run

"I think he's the best hitter in the Majors right now, so I think a couple of people can say, 'My first home run in the Majors was Miggy hitting,'" Cessa said. "I feel great. I threw two really good innings. I made a mistake, one pitch. I paid for that one."

Pitchers to allow 1st MLB HR to Cabrera
Player Team Date
Jason Bergmann WAS 9/28/2005
Josh Outman OAK 9/8/2008
Sergio Santos CWS 8/15/2010
Alex White CLE 4/30/2011
Shane Lindsay CWS 9/4/2011
Steve Johnson BAL 7/15/2012
Jose Cisnero HOU 5/4/2013
Alex Colome TB 6/28/2013
Bryan Price CLE 9/1/2014
Mitch Harris STL 5/15/2015
Luis Cessa NYY 4/8/2016

According to STATS, Cessa is the 11th pitcher -- and the first Yankee -- to allow his first Major League homer to Cabrera. The Yankees saved the ball from the first of Cessa's two strikeouts; he also fanned Victor Martinez in the seventh, permitting two hits without a walk.

A converted infielder who came up in the Mets' organization, Cessa was traded to the Tigers last July as part of the Yoenis Cespedes deal, making seven starts for Detroit's Triple-A club before becoming property of the Yankees in December.

"I think it's funny, my debut, with my last team," Cessa said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.