It took seven years and then some but former Yakima Bears infielder Mike Freeman put his name in the all-time Major League Baseball registry last night when he hit his first career home run in the big leagues.

Freeman, who played his first pro ball in Yakima for the 2010 club after being drafted in the 11th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, cranked a 1-0 pitch off of Houston Astros righty Mike Fiers into the right field stands in the bottom of the second inning to give the M's an early 3-0 lead. The Mariners tacked on two more runs but were then outscored 10-0 to lose by a final tally of 10-5 and drop their record to a franchise worst 2-8 to start a season.

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Regular first baseman Danny Valencia was given the night off which enabled Freeman to start the game.

Another former Yakima Bears pitcher, Evan Marshall (pictured at right), now also with the Mariners, was with the Northwest League club in 2011.


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