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Switch-hitting sluggers carve piece of history


Switch-hitting sluggers carve piece of history
PHOENIX - If nothing else, the Rockies played a role in creating major-league history Monday.

When the Diamondbacks' Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark each homered from both sides of the plate, it marked the first time two players from the same team accomplished the feat on opening day.

Lopez's first homer came from the left side in the first inning off Rockies starter Aaron Cook. His second homer came from the right side off lefty reliever Glendon Rusch in the fourth. He hit both shots to the opposite field.

"I guess you could say I set the tone, for both teams," Lopez said of a day in which the Rockies and Diamondbacks combined for eight homers. "I'm just glad we ended up with a 'W.' We'll put that in the past now and just keep going."

He signed as a free agent with Arizona in the offseason after finishing last season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Clark, who has battered the Rockies for years, hit a two-run blast off Cook in the third measured at 412 feet. He launched a 442-foot solo homer off Rusch in the fifth.

"Felipe set the tone," said Clark, who now has 13 career homers against the Rockies. "Getting the opportunity to get on the board with one swing early is big. Guys come into the (opening) game a little excited and anxious. To push a run across allows you to take a step back and a deep breath."

Lopez and Clark became the first teammates to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game since Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams did so for the New York Yankees on April 23, 2000, against Toronto.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 11, 2009

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