Rick Ankiel Hits 3-Run Shot in Comeback

Former pitcher looks good in debut as outfielder
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2007 7:37 AM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals' Rick Ankiel gets a big hug from manager Tony La Russa after they beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 in their baseball game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 in St. Louis. Ankiel posted a successful...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The feel-good story of the season continued last night when St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel hit a 3-run homer to help secure a 5-0 win over the Padres. For Ankiel, a troubled pitcher  making a comeback as an outfielder, it was the first homer  since 2000.

Ankiel was a gifted young pitcher who lost his control and, in 2005, went back to the minors to earn his stripes as an outfielder. Ankiel has worked his way back up to the majors; in his storybook debut, he launched a curveball from Doug Brocall over the right-field wall and earned himself a standing ovation.