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Troy Tulowitzki homers in first at-bat with New York Yankees

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Alex Butler
Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (R) signed with the New York Yankees in January. He hit a home run in his first at-bat with the club during a spring training appearance Monday in Tampa, Fla. File Photo by Darren Calabrese/UPI
Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (R) signed with the New York Yankees in January. He hit a home run in his first at-bat with the club during a spring training appearance Monday in Tampa, Fla. File Photo by Darren Calabrese/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went yard in his first at-bat with the New York Yankees in a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in Tampa, Fla.

The solo shot also came on the Yankees' first at-bat of the 3-0 victory.

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Tulowitzki -- who signed with the Yankees in January after being cut by the Blue Jays -- stepped up to face Toronto star Marcus Stroman as the team's leadoff hitter. Stroman began the exchange by earning a called strike on his former teammate.

Tulowitzki sent his next offering over the right field fence for a 1-0 lead.

The Yankees added another run on a Kyle Higashioka leadoff solo shot in the bottom of the second frame. Jorge Saez plated Ryan McBroom on a ground out in the bottom of the sixth inning for the final run of the game.

Tulowitzki went 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored in the win. The 13-year veteran did not play last season due to foot injuries. The five-time All-Star hit .254 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs in his last full season in 2016 for Toronto.

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The Yankees host the Philadelphia Phillies in another spring training clash at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday in Tampa.

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