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Rookie Fernandez hits first Major League HR

September 11, 2018

ANAHEIM -- Rookie infielder Jose Fernandez crushed his first MLB home run in the second inning of the Angels' game against the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.Fernandez hammered a 1-0 sinker from Texas right-hander Adrian Sampson to right field to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. After returning

ANAHEIM -- Rookie infielder Jose Fernandez crushed his first MLB home run in the second inning of the Angels' game against the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
Fernandez hammered a 1-0 sinker from Texas right-hander Adrian Sampson to right field to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. After returning to the dugout, Fernandez received the silent treatment from his teammates and compensated by high-fiving a line of invisible people. Michael Trout finally broke the silence by splashing him with water.
Fernandez was once one of the top players in Cuba, but his career stalled following a failed defection in 2014. He had to wait until age 30 to finally make his MLB debut with the Angels on June 8 and entered Tuesday batting .292 over 22 games.

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