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Castellanos singles out KC for notable marks

Tigers rookie logs first MLB hit in park where he was Futures Game MVP

KANSAS CITY -- After Tigers top prospect Nick Castellanos picked up his first Major League hit in the fifth inning of Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Royals, he stood at first base next to a guy who used to be his high school teammate.

Kansas City's Eric Hosmer was a senior at American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla., when Castellanos was a sophomore.

"I played third and he played first," said left fielder Castellanos, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored in his first Major League start. "When I was on first, it felt like I was doing baserunning drills back in my sophomore year at American Heritage. It's really funny how baseball works out. Now, we're on the Major League stage playing together."

Castellanos' first Major League hit came in the venue where he was the 2012 Futures Game Most Valuable Player. Castellanos, who is ranked No. 11 in's Top 100 Prospects, had a homer, three hits and three RBIs in that Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium.

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to
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