Rosario Homers In Debut, Twins Win 13-0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw in his major league career, Eduardo Escobar also homered and had five RBIs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 13-0 on Wednesday night.
Rosario's milestone homer traveled about 400 feet into the left-field seats and gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the third inning. He's the 29th major leaguer to homer on his first pitch and the 117th to go deep in his first at-bat.
Escobar homered off Scott Kazmir (2-1) in the sixth and hit a two-run double high off the wall in the seventh. Kennys Vargas added a three-run homer in the eighth.
Kyle Gibson (3-2) pitched six innings and hasn't allowed a run in his past 17 innings.
As for Rosario, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester two days ago, led off the third inning and sent a pitch from Scott Kazmir into the left-field seats.
The rookie smiled as he rounded the bases, sprinted into the dugout and promptly received the silent treatment from his teammates. But it didn't take long for the Twins' bench to stand up and start giving out high-fives.
Rosario is the 117th major leaguer to homer in his first at-bat and 29th to do it on the first pitch.
The previous player to homer on his first pitch was Pittsburgh's Starling Marte on July 26, 2012.
He's the 13th Twins player to homer in his debut, joining players such as Gary Gaetti, Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner.