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By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -  Elana Tomlin remember's when it all started.

"When he (Josh Tomlin) was four he would say 'Mom, look I'm going to be one of these boys one of these days playing baseball.' Here he is living his dream. So I knew he would be there one of these days."

It was a long road getting there.  A star at Whitehouse, Tomlin had a record setting career at Angelina College.  Followed by a stop at Texas Tech, Tomlin was drafted the Cleveland Indians in 2006.

"He (Josh) was drafted in the 19th round," said Elana Tomlin.  "He knew he had to produce."

Tomlin spent five years in the minor leagues, moving up every season.

"The more people told him he couldn't do it, the harder he worked at it," said proud father Jerry Tomlin.

Last July, Tomlin proved to everyone he could play with the best, winning his debut against the New York Yankees.  Less than a year later, Tomlin was facing the Yankees again, holding onto a no hitter into the 7th inning.

"Every pitch was breathtaking to me," said Jerry Tomlin.

Tomlin lost the no hitter, but still managed to make history.  Josh Tomlin is the only pitcher in big league history to last at least 5 innings in his first 29 starts.

"I asked him why is always the Yankees," said Jerry Tomlin.  "He said dad that's the way I want it. I want to play the best. I want to break the record against the best. That way when you do it no one can look back and say hey he cruised through it. He went out and took on the best there was and got the record."

It took 5 years to escape the minor leagues.  It's taken Tomlin 11 months in the big's, to become one of baseball's best.

"It's like a dream," said Jerry Tomlin.  "I keep thinking I'm going to wake up."

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