Tigers pitcher Norris homers in first MLB at-bat

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Chicago — During batting practice Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, a little-known, left-handed batter in a road gray uniform started capturing the crowd's attention.

It was Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris, who was hitting one home run after another. And not just BP cheapies. Rockets. He even shattered part of a video board.

It was quite a sight.

But it paled in comparison to what happened Wednesday night.

Norris stepped to the plate for the first time in the major leagues in the top of the second inning — and he absolutely destroyed a pitch from Cubs ace Jon Lester, sending it well over the ivy in center field.

Swinging away and not bunting because there were two outs, Norris — who was taking his first at-bat since high school — took a mighty hack for the two-run home run that put the Tigers up, 3-0.

The Tigers went up 7-0 the next inning on Nick Castellanos' grand slam, his second homer of the game.

Norris' homer was the first by a Tigers pitcher since Jason Johnson hit one against the Dodgers in 2005.

Norris is the first pitcher to homer in his first at-bat since Tommy Millone in 2011, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

It also continues a nice batting series by Tigers pitchers. Buck Farmer got his first career hit Tuesday, a smash single up the middle.