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Van Slyke hits 1st HR of MLB season, Hill 1st hit
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A base with a commemorative logo is placed on the diamond as preparations are made for the Major League Baseball opening game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket ground in Sydney, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
March 22, 2014, 6:15 am

SYDNEY (AP) Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers has hit the first home run of the 2014 Major League Baseball season on opening day in Australia.

Van Slyke connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. He homered off Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The new season began after thunderstorms caused a 14-minute delay at the start.

Once the weather cleared, Miley threw the first pitch. It was a called strike to Yasiel Puig, who struck out on three pitches.

Aaron Hill got the first hit of the regular season, an infield single for Arizona off NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw in the first inning.

Adrian Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk in the Dodgers second, moved up on a double by Van Slyke and scored the first run on a groundout by Andre Ethier.

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