Mancini hits 1st HR since inspirational return

Throughout his emotional first week back on the field after beating Stage 3 colon cancer, Trey Mancini privately regretted how, at the plate, he’d struggled to retain his old form. Opening the year 5-for-his-first-28 at-bats without a homer, Mancini acknowledged this week he was pressing amid the pressure “trying to prove I’m the same guy.”

“I know I am,” he said. “But I haven’t gone about these games the right way.”

That appears to be changing. Mancini crossed another milestone in his recovery Saturday, homering for the first time since Sept. 28, 2019, to provide the Orioles their first run against the Red Sox. It came in the form of a 427-foot, 111.9 mph exit velocity homer to center off Garrett Richards, which Anthony Santander followed with a 407-foot shot of his own.

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