Kauai native Kirby Yates talks journey through big leagues

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Kirby Yates speaks with The Garden Island in Lihue on Nov. 28.

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San Diego Padres pitcher Kirby Yates throws during an MLB baseball game this past season.

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Brothers Kirby, left, and Tyler Yates look on following a Kauai High School baseball game against Leilehua High School, in this Feb. 9, 2013 photo.

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In this 2005 photo, Kauai High School baseball player Kirby Yates stops for a photo.

It’s been more than three years since Kauai’s Kirby Yates made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays.