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Baltimore native Steve Clevenger receives 'at least' 100 texts after first Orioles homer

Orioles' Steve Clevenger (45), a Baltimore native, high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won, 4-2.
Orioles' Steve Clevenger (45), a Baltimore native, high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won, 4-2. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Steve Clevenger, whose three-run homer against Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray helped the Orioles win Monday, said his phone was "going off all night."

"I had to turn it on to silent at about 12:30 [a.m.]," Clevenger said. "But it's always good when you are playing for your hometown team, you're gonna get that support."

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The Baltimore native and Mount Saint Joseph's graduate estimated he received at least 100 text messages, about 30 directly after Monday's game, and another 70 or so throughout the night from ex-teammates ranging from high school through his 10 years in professional baseball.

"A lot from the St. Joe guys. The teachers, the faculty up there, obviously [former coach] Dave Norton and the coach now, Jody Harris, texted me last night," Clevenger said. "It's a good feeling to have people support you."

Until he read it Tuesday morning, Clevenger said he had no idea that he was the first Baltimore-born Oriole to homer at Camden Yards, and just the second Oriole to homer in his hometown, joining pitcher Tom Phoebus in 1968 at Memorial Stadium.

"It's exciting. I'm very honored to be the first player to do that," he said. "At the same time, it's just awesome to get a chance to play in Baltimore and contribute to this team at this time of the year."

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