Scoreless Debut Pleases Moskos

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DENVER - Daniel Moskos' demeanor Saturday didn't betray the fact that he was making his major league debut. He exuded confidence as he strolled to the Coors Field mound to pitch the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies.

The result was a 1-2-3 inning in which he got ahead of all three batters he faced, mixing 90 to 92 mph fastballs with biting sliders that dipped away from Rockies' batters.

"It's how you picture it. You want it to be a 1-2-3 clean inning, get in and get out," Moskos said. "(Getting ahead of batters) has been a big key to my success, it's something I worked really hard on in the offseason."

Moskos faced 2010 NL batting champion Carlos Gonzalez, who popped out to short. Jose Lopez grounded out to second, and Seth Smith flied out to right field.

Moskos was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Evan Meek, who's on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

The Pirates' top pick (fourth overall) in the 2007 draft was happy that he didn't have to wait long and let the anticipation build before his first appearance. …