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Outfielder Ankiel goes deep in first game of return to the majors

Updated: August 10, 2007, 12:27 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel returned to the major leagues Thursday as an outfielder -- and quickly put on a power display.

After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, Ankiel was called up from the minors and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off San Diego's Doug Brocail.

Ankiel drove a 2-1 pitch into the right-field stands to put St. Louis ahead 5-0.

Ankiel, who was greeted with a standing ovation before his first at-bat, drew another ...

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