PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - New York Mets outfielder Chris Young has prided himself on trying to make better contact and not worrying about pulling the ball this spring.
He couldn't help himself Saturday, though.
Young went 2 for 3 and hit his first home run of the spring off Scott Diamond in the bottom of the first inning as a Mets' split squad tied the Minnesota Twins 3-3 in nine innings on Saturday.
"It was a fastball in and I think it's probably the first ball I pulled this spring," said Young, who signed a one-year, $7.25 million dollar deal this offseason. "I just got the barrel there. I had that same type of pitch a few times earlier in spring and I just didn't get the bat there. I'd been fouling it back and today I squared it up.
Diamond pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up three hits, three walks. He allowed two runs and struck out six in the game. Anthony Swarzak pitched an inning and 1/3. He also gave up a run and four hits on the day.
Eduardo Escobar had a two-run single for the Twins.