Found February 17, 2013 on Red Hot Mama:
PLAYERS: Joey VottoJay Bruce
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
In today’s first live batting practice session, Joey Votto hit a home run off Carlos Contreras. Now that might not seem all that special. It’s only batting practice and it’s only Spring Training, but this is a guy coming off a bad knee injury last season. It was an injury that kept him from hitting a home run since June. And he hit a home run today. Votto took Contreras’ first pitch. “Too low,” he said. The next one was a strike. Votto crushed it, sending over the fence in center. “Tweet that, John,” Jay Bruce said. “He’s back.” Consider it done, Jay.

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