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NEW YORK — One game after notching his first big league hit in two seasons, Troy Tulowitzki took another key step in his return from a series of ankle and heel injuries Saturday when he hit his first home run in about the same amount of time.
Before this latest blast, Tulowitzki hadn’t homered since July 8, 2017.
“That is cool,” Tulowitzki said as a grin formed on his face. “Everybody knows my story. It’s been a long time.”
This latest homer, the 225th of Tulowitzki’s career and his first as a member of the New York Yankees, came with his new club trailing the Baltimore Orioles by four runs in the bottom of the ninth. At the moment the shortstop made contact with the 87.3 mph sinker, there was hope in the home dugout.
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