Backup Catcher Rene Pinto makes most MLB debuts with Home Run

St. PETERSBURG, FL – Rene Pinto has been waiting a long time to play in a Major League baseball game. He finally had a chance Tuesday night, and he made the most of it.

Pinto, a 25-year-old Venezuelan signed by the Rays as a teenager, was called up last weekend after catcher Francisco Mejia was to be listed for COVID-19, unsure when — or even if — he was about to. Get a chance to play.

But on Tuesday evening, with the Mariners leading 7-0, top catcher Mike Zunino left the game with a slight bicep injury. Pinto is gone.

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