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Matsui homers in first at-bat for third straight year

Updated: April 21, 2006, 12:32 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - Kazuo Matsui of the New York Mets hit an inside-the-park home run on Thursday night, the third straight year he's homered in his first at-bat of the season.Matsui was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He opened the season on the DL with a sprained ligament in his right knee.Leading off the second inning, Matsui hit a fly ball off Padres ace Jake Peavy that glanced off the glove of retreating right fielder Brian Giles, bounced off a sign on the fence and rolled ...

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