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GIF: Starling Marte Homers In First Plate Appearance For Pirates

Dominican Republic native Starling Marte made his highly-anticipated major-league debut earlier Thursday evening for the Pittsburgh Pirates. And he didn't disappoint. In his first at-bat, well, actually his first pitch, the rookie launched a home run to deep left field. It went about 410 feet, giving Pittsburgh an early 1-0 lead.

So ... here's a GIF.

Via's Baseball Nation.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.