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Norris joins elite club

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CHICAGO—Detroit’s Daniel Norris became just the 19th pitcher to hit a home run in his first major-league at-bat before suffering an injury that will send him to the disabled list.

Norris left yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a strained right oblique and is headed to the disabled list, Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus said.

The injury was a major downer on what was quite a night for the pitcher.

Norris lined a two-run drive off Jon Lester in his first career plate appearance during the second inning.

According to STATS, that made him the 19th pitcher to go deep in his first major-league at-bat.

No one had done it since Tommy Milone homered for the Washington Nationals against the N.Y. Mets on Sept. 3, 2011.

Norris left the game with a strained right oblique in the fifth.

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