Former 'Hoo Adams to Make MLB Debut on Birthday

On Wednesday night, David Adams will become the latest former Virginia baseball player to make his major league debut.

Adams -- who also turned 26 on Wednesday -- is the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees, scheduled to hit sixth against the Seattle Mariners. Adams was added to the Yankees' roster earlier in the day Wednesday.

Adams becomes the sixth former Cavalier currently on a major league roster, joining Sean Doolittle (Oakland), Javier Lopez (San Francisco), Mark Reynolds (Cleveland), Michael Schwimer (Toronto) and Ryan Zimmerman (Washington). He's the 31st former Virginia player to reach the majors, and the first to wear Yankees pinstripes.

Adams was originally a third round pick by the Yankees in 2008, but was released by New York last March to free a spot on the 40-man roster for Vernon Wells. Adams re-signed with the Yankees three days later, but because of major league rules he couldn't be added to the 40-man roster again until Wednesday.

Adams was hitting .316 with three homers and 12 RBI for the Yankees' Triple-A team when he was promoted.

Adams played three seasons at Virginia, with a .325 career average in 183 games. He finished his college career with 226 hits and 143 RBI, and still ranks 10th in program history with 102 walks.

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