Kody Clemens’ first major league homer pushes the Detroit Tigers past the Arizona Diamondbacks

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Kody Clemens' first major league homer pushes the Detroit Tigers past the Arizona Diamondbacks

Phoenix — Kody Clemens was 4-to-34 when he stepped on the plate in the sixth inning of a 3-3 game Saturday night. It was two runners up and he met leftist Joe Mantiply of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Clemens is left-handed and has only had five shots against lefties in his short stint in the big leagues. Mantiply, on the other hand, had never allowed a left-hander to home run in 96 games.

Guess what happened.

Kody Clemens (21) of the Detroit Tigers high fives Harold Castro (30) after hitting a triple home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning.

Clemens hit a 2-1 curveball into the right field seats, his first major league home run, breaking the tie and sending the Tigers to a 6-3 win over Arizona, their second straight win at Chase Field.

“Good time for the first one,” said Clemens afterwards, fresh and clean after the celebratory shower of baby powder, protein shake and yoghurt. “It felt great. I didn’t get in there. I’m trying to figure out what my role is on this team. … I got the offer in the line-up tonight, so I wanted to try and do whatever I can to help us win.”

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