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Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia homers in first home at-bat for Double-A Bowie

Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia homers in first home at-bat for Double-A Bowie

BOWIE -- Before his first professional home game for Double-A Bowie on Friday night, Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia said he’d be a little nervous playing in front of the crowd at Prince George's Stadium.

He certainly didn’t show any anxiousness when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat to open the second inning.

Urrutia,  the Cuban defector whom the Orioles signed to a $778,500 signing bonus in July, smoked the first pitch he saw from Harrisburg starter Brian Broderick over the center-field fence, an estimated 405 feet.

"That ball looked like it had two gears to it," Bowie manager Gary Kendall said. "When he first hit it, I...

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