Zach Littell emerged from the Twins' clubhouse shortly after the Twins' 6-3 loss on Tuesday night, and started hugging people. The 22-year-old righthander had 21 friends and family members in the stands at Target Field on Tuesday, most of them thrilled to travel from western North Carolina to be here for his debut.

"I got to live out a dream," Littell said. "It was awesome."

He figured he would be excited, but then he thought he would simply get down to business, just like he has hundreds of times before. Only, this time was undoubtedly different.

"You expect the adrenaline, you expect the rush of it. But it just hung around a little longer than I thought it would," Littell said. "I thought it would go by after the first out or the first inning, but it just hung around. It's something I'll have to learn to deal with.".