Detroit pitcher Daniel Norris set Twitter on fire with a prodigious batting practice blast that broke the Wrigley Field scoreboard on Tuesday.
A night later, Norris took aim at the MLB record books. And his name is there to stay, now.
Norris on Wednesday became just the 19th pitcher to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, lining a two-run drive off Jon Lester in his first career plate appearance during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs.
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According to STATS, that made him the 19th pitcher to go deep in his first major league at-bat. No one had done it since Tommy Milone homered for the Washington Nationals against the New York Mets on Sept. 3, 2011.
On Tuesday night, a shot by Norris took out a chunk of the electronic scoreboard in right field at Wrigley, leading to this Twitter exchange:
The night took a bad turn, however, when Norris left the game with a strained right oblique in the fifth.
With a runner on and one out, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and a trainer came to the mound to check on him following a pitch to Kyle Schwarber. Norris reacted angrily as he clutched his right side after throwing a second warmup pitch, then left the game.
Matt Boyd trotted from the bullpen to the mound, apparently thinking he was being called in. But the Tigers went with Tom Gorzelanny instead.