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Pittsburgh Pirates, Oneil Cruz

CINCINNATI – Oneil Cruz hit an impressive home run on his first opening day in the major leagues.

That shouldn’t come as a real surprise. That’s what the Pittsburgh Pirates 24-year-old shortstop does.

Cruz has gone deep 18 times in his nascent 90-game career.

Yet while Cruz’s 425-foot homer off a 101.3-mph heater from Cincinnati Reds right-hander Hunter Greene went viral on social media Thursday, it really wasn’t the most impressive thing he did.

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