Jason Lane returns to the major leagues as a reliever

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The last time Jason Lane appeared in a major league game was October 1, 2007, as a backup outfielder for the Padres. Now he’s back in San Diego, almost seven years later, as a lefty reliever …

The 37-year-old had a 4.36 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 28/14 K/BB ratio in 64 innings at Triple-A El Paso, so this might not be a very long stay. But it’s quite an accomplishment that he was able to make the conversion at all, and that it took him nearly seven whole years to pull it off makes the story all the more intriguing.

Lane posted an .815 OPS, 26 homers, and 78 RBI in 145 games for the 2005 Astros team that advanced to the World Series. But his numbers fell off significantly in 2006 and then completely cratered in 2007.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.