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Awesome moment as Francisco Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico

Awesome moment as Francisco Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico

The Yankees' trip to Tokyo in 2004 is known mostly for subsequent complaints about how the trip affected the team afterward, but in the second of the two games the Yankees played there, the fans at Tokyo Dome were treated to Japan's Hideki Matsui hitting a two-run blast to right-center that almost matched Lindor's homer as far as crowd noise.

Twins manager Paul Molitor isn't exactly thrilled that his club has two "home" games in San Juan, especially against an AL Central rival.

The series was scheduled before Hurricane Maria hit last September.

Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez had three hits for Cleveland in the first Major League Baseball regular-season game on the island commonwealth since 2010. Jose Vidro, even another baseman for the Expos, contributes each of Puerto Rican players with 3 home runs in Hiram Bithorn, while Javy Lopez, also a catcher for the Atlanta Braves, includes the second-most with 2 - both of which came in an Braves hit on April 17, 2003.

The statue of Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico's first big-leaguer, will be back, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said. Tomorrow's rainy forecast seems more troublesome.

Lindor didn't need to convince the home crowd of his worth Tuesday night, but his bat did anyway, as the Indians went on to win 6-1. "I think he bought about 700 tickets and will have half a stadium with him", Lindor said with a laugh.

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Lindor finished 1 for 5, the homer flanked by a par of warning-track flyouts.

So in the fifth, he made it happen.

Lindor drove in Bradley Zimmer, who had reached base with his second double of the game.

The Twins will be sending right hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face off against Kluber.

It barely cleared the wall, but it was enough.

The crowd chanted his name until Lindor proudly walked out from dugout for another round of applause. "Same pitch I've gotten outs on in the game". That started the undoing for Odorizzi, who was cruising before giving up three homers in a span of 10 pitches - the last two by Ramirez and Brantley - that ended his night and gave the Indians a 4-0 lead.


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