Ex-LexCath star Ben Revere gets first major-league HR

May 28, 2014 

Finally, after 1,565 career plate appearances, former Lexington Catholic star Ben Revere hit his first major-league home run Tuesday night.

With one out in the seventh inning against Rockies pitcher Boone Logan, the Phillies center fielder hit a drive that landed in the front row of the right-field bleachers at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.

Revere, known for his speed and defense, had one of the longest homerless streaks by a non-pitcher to start a career in major-league history. Greg Gross went 1,887 plate appearances before hitting his first career homer in 1977 with the Cubs.

Revere's last home run came in the minors on May 30, 2011, when he played for Triple-A Rochester, a Twins affiliate.

Tuesday's highlights

Blue Jays 9, Rays 6: Mark Buehrle became the first nine-game winner in the majors, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit back-to-back home runs and host Toronto extended its winning streak to eight games. Juan Francisco also homered for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who have won 13 of 15 and are 19-7 in May.

Buehrle (9-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 62⁄3 innings to win his season-best fifth straight decision. Encarnacion connected for the 14th time in May, matching Jose Bautista's team record for home runs in a month. Bautista hit 14 homers in June 2012.

Red Sox 6, Braves 3: Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single during visiting Boston's four-run rally in the seventh inning, the team's latest comeback following its longest losing streak in 20 years.

50 Cent's arm not worth a dime

Former Kentucky star John Wall now has company in ceremonial first pitch infamy.

Rapper 50 Cent was comically off target when he threw out the first pitch Tuesday night before the Pirates played the Mets at Citi Field.

Standing on the rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, 50 Cent wound up and launched a left-handed toss that sailed way wide of Mets catcher Anthony Recker. The ball bounced to the backstop and nearly nicked a cameraman standing not all that far from the Mets' on-deck circle as 50 Cent and New York pitcher Jonathon Niese both smiled.

Wall, a point guard for the Washington Wizards, bounced a first pitch before a Nationals game in 2011.


Royals: Right-hander Yordano Ventura will miss his next start after an MRI exam taken Tuesday on his sore right elbow showed no ligament damage, while top prospect Kyle Zimmer has been shut down after straining his back

Rangers: Ace Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night at Minnesota because of neck stiffness. Darvish started the season on the 15-day DL with a neck injury.

Cubs: The Cubs released a revised plan for Wrigley Field's renovation that calls for new signs, including some that would block the view from nearby rooftop venues, and warns that the team's management would consider moving to another site if they are not allowed to "control our ballpark."

Indians: Cleveland placed Carlos Santana on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion and infielder Nick Swisher on the 15-day DL with a left knee injury.

Monday's late game

Dodgers 4, Reds 3: Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) took a perfect game into the eighth inning — one day after teammate Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter — and host Los Angeles beat Cincinnati on Monday.

The Reds hit only three balls out of the infield before Todd Frazier's leadoff double down the left-field line on an 0-1 pitch in the eighth. Cincinnati scored three times in the eighth, but right fielder Yasiel Puig made a key defensive play when he cut off Billy Hamilton's two-run double in the gap. The relay home held Skip Schumaker at third, and Kenley Jansen struck out Brandon Phillips with the bases loaded to preserve a 4-3 lead.

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