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After months of beating minor league pitching into submission, Xavier Batista was thrust into the limelight and rose to the occasion.

On Saturday, a day after the Carp signed him to a standard contract, the 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic rocked Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium with a two-run homer. The pinch-hit blast brought the Carp from behind in their interleague win against the Chiba Lotte Marines.

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