Brandon Mann spent 16 years in the minors but did not give up his dream of playing in the majors. Sunday, the left-handed pitcher finally got there. Mann, who was selected by Tampa Bay in the 27th round of the 2002 draft, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday in the Rangers loss to Houston.

"It means everything, honestly," Mann said before Sunday's game, as reported by Stefan Stevenson at "It's been a long journey, so I'm just really excited."

"I found out after the game last night and called my wife immediately, helped her book a flight [to Houston]," he said before Sunday's game. "She’ll be here with my sister, which is awesome."

Mann, who will be 34 Wednesday, pitched for the Lancaster Barnstormers during the 2014 season. He was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.263 WHIP in 20 games (six starts) for the Stormers. He struck out 48 and walked 17 in 50 2/3 innings.

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