Not only did Yan Gomes become the first Brazilian-born player to reach the major leagues, but his debut also came against the most famous baseball team in the world.
Born and partially raised in Sao Paulo, Gomes was promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday when slumping first baseman Adam Lind was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Gomes struck out in his first at-bat against New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, but lined a single to right field for his first big-league hit in the fourth. The ball was taken out of play and saved for him as a memento.
Gomes said he was on ''an emotional roller coaster'' after learning Wednesday he was headed to the majors. The 24-year-old infielder flew overnight from Las Vegas to Toronto, too excited to sleep.
''It's a great feeling, absolutely a great feeling,'' Gomes said after taking batting practice and fielding grounders at third base, where he started in place of suspended Brett Lawrie.
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