Japanese pitcher Maeda homers in 2nd at-bat of MLB debut
SAN DIEGO (AP) Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda hit a home run in his second at-bat of his major league debut Wednesday night, staking the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 lead against the San Diego Padres.
With one out in the fourth, Maeda drove an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner into the seats in left field.
Maeda waved to the crowd as he rounded third base and then got the silent treatment in the dugout from his teammates, who then mobbed him.
The right-hander signed an eight-year deal with the Dodgers in January after spending eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League.