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LaRoche doesn't let boo birds get to him

PITTSBURGH -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche played two-plus seasons for the Pirates, and received a lot of boos from Pirates fans during the three-game series.

The boos didn't seem to bother LaRoche, as he went 4-for-8 with two home runs, including the game-deciding homer in Washington's 4-2 victory on Thursday night.

It wasn't like LaRoche was a bad player in Pittsburgh. His best year for the Pirates came in 2007, when he hit .272 with 21 home runs and 88 RBIs.

Asked why he was booed throughout the series, LaRoche said: "I don't think I'm a fan favorite here, so that was nice to hear them boo a little louder on a couple of those shots. ... I've received the boos ever since I left. I'm kind of used to it here. I don' know what it is. I guess it's them welcoming me back."

PITTSBURGH -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche played two-plus seasons for the Pirates, and received a lot of boos from Pirates fans during the three-game series.

The boos didn't seem to bother LaRoche, as he went 4-for-8 with two home runs, including the game-deciding homer in Washington's 4-2 victory on Thursday night.

It wasn't like LaRoche was a bad player in Pittsburgh. His best year for the Pirates came in 2007, when he hit .272 with 21 home runs and 88 RBIs.

Asked why he was booed throughout the series, LaRoche said: "I don't think I'm a fan favorite here, so that was nice to hear them boo a little louder on a couple of those shots. ... I've received the boos ever since I left. I'm kind of used to it here. I don' know what it is. I guess it's them welcoming me back."

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