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Video: Daniel Norris homers in first professional at-bat


Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris went dead center off Jon Lester in his first career at-bat Wednesday

That wasn’t just the first major league plate appearance for Norris. It was his first place appearance at any level of professional baseball. Lester had allowed just three home runs to left-handers all year. Crazy.

Norris, 22, was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in last month’s David Price trade.

Nori Aoki expected to return from concussion on Thursday

Nori Aoki
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Some positive news for the Giants’ battered outfield from’s Alex Pavlovic

Aoki was struck on the front of his batting helmet last Sunday by a Jake Arrieta pitch. He tried to return to action a few days later against the Astros but had to exit that game after experiencing lightheadedness.

The 33-year-old has been an important presence at the top of the Giants’ lineup this season, batting .302 with a .368 on-base percentage across 338 plate appearances. Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million free agent contract with San Francisco over the winter. That deal carries a $5.5 million club option for 2016.

Kyle Schwarber had a large can of beer chucked at him on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field

Kyle Schwarber, Tyler Flowers

Patrick Mooney of has the story:

Kyle Schwarber didn’t realize a White Sox fan threw something at him until he got back to his spot in left field.

“Tall boy,” Schwarber said. “It wasn’t even drank all the way.”

Welcome to Chicago.

That came after Schwarber lined an RBI single into right field in the top of the fifth inning, giving the Cubs their second run in an eventual 6-3 win. White Sox starter Jose Quintana intentionally walked Dexter Fowler a batter before.

“You should’ve shotgunned it,” veteran catcher David Ross yelled to Schwarber in the clubhouse afterward. “That would have been awesome. You would have got points from me. You should have shotgunned it and then went over there and found him. I tell you what: I’d hate to try to wrap up Kyle Schwarber. I guarantee you that whoever threw that beer doesn’t want (any) part of Kyle Schwarber. I promise you that one.”

Schwarber, 22, is batting .315/.403/.586 with eight home runs and 27 RBI over his first 33 major league games. And the Cubs hold the longest current winning streak in the majors at nine games.