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Marte Takes Big Strides in His Rookie Season

Marte Takes Big Strides in His Rookie Season

When rookie Starling Marte was promoted to the big leagues for his long awaited debut on July 26th, Manager Clint Hurdle gave the young outfielder advice -- to respect everything and fear nothing. The message seemed to have soaked in when he stepped to the plate for the first time in the Majors in Houston. Marte took the very first pitch he saw from left-hander Dallas Keuchel and launched it to left field for a leadoff solo-homer. Marte became just the second Pirates player to homer on the first pitch of his career. The other was Walter Mueller on May 7, 1922.

"Very excited," Marte said of his first big league at-bat through first base coach Luis Silverio. "[I] can’t describe the emotion that [I] felt in that first at-bat. It’s something that [I’ve] dreamed about. When [I] came to the b...

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