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Grady Sizemore’s first two at-bats since 2011: Single, Homer

Mar 31, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

Grady Sizemore Red Sox AP

Grady Sizemore‘s comeback story keeps getting better. Playing in his first regular season game since 2011, the Red Sox center fielder singled in his first at-bat and then homered in his second at-bat.

It was Sizemore’s first homer since July 15, 2011, also against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Some “wow, that was a long time ago” tidbits from that 2011 game: Travis Hafner was the Indians’ No. 3 hitter, Orlando Cabrera was their second baseman and No. 6 hitter, Derrek Lee batted fifth for the Orioles, and Koji Uehara pitched the final two innings for Baltimore.

Anyway, welcome back Grady Sizemore!

  1. mikhelb - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Reminds me of the story of: Vernon Wells, april 2013.

    • TheMorningStar - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Sizemore was a better baseball player than Wells even while on the operating table…and much much less expensive.

    • dwaynehosey - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      More like Carlos Beltran….top 10 player for several years, bitten by injury bug, written of as done, gets healthy, becomes a productive player again.

  2. happytwinsfan - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    baseball story of the decade. comeback player of the year, MVP Grady Sizemore.

    and the city of cleveland floats into lake erie on a river of bitter sweet tears.

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      I don’t think those are tears floating in Lake Erie.

      Yuck.

  3. stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Kazmir & Sizemore–potential CY/MVP candidates as youngsters–who have been mostly written off and now on the way back up. Pretty cool stuff.

    • campcouch - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      I wouldn’t say written off,Sizemore had some serious injuries and I don’t know of any team that would pay a guy for 3 years just to sit…wait,the Mets would…but Cleveland doesn’t have that kind of money. Good guy,fan favorite and talented,but the injury bug bites him a lot…and that’s sad. I wish him luck though!

  4. baseballisboring - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed.

  5. bigharold - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Sounds like somebody is really pumped about being back in the game.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Great start, 1 down 119 games to go.

    • pisano - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      I couldn’t agree more.

  7. penguins87and71 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Great feel good story, really pulling for this guy.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    How about RA Dickey today? 5 innings….6 runs….6 WALKS!!….and it only took him 88 pitches to do all of that damage….Looks like 2014 is looking a LOT alike 2013 for the dirty birds…hahahhahaa

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      I didn’t realize this story was about the Blue Jays

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        That’s the great thing about this place, it can be about anything you want it to be about. Later on I was gonna write up an article about how to get away without tipping strippers, its a pretty good article you might want to join in

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