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David Adams gets first career home run ball returned by fans

David Adams follows his solo home run during

David Adams follows his solo home run during the second inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles. It was the first home run of his MLB career. (May 21, 2013) Credit: Getty

BALTIMORE - David Adams saw the ball disappear in the seats in leftfield and had one thought on the possibility of its retrieval.

"There's no chance of getting that ball back," Adams said of his first career homer, which came Monday night in the Yankees' 6-4 victory.

But no sooner had the ball landed in the seats, wheels were set in motion to get the ball back that, in theory, would hold far more significance to Adams than to whoever caught it.

Camden Yards security first spoke with the family of three from Virginia, which included a 13-year-old boy. They were amenable to giving the ball back as they happened to be fans of the Pinstripes.

Mark Kafalas and Eddie Fastook, the club's traveling security team, soon arranged a meet-and-greet with Adams, as well as three autographed baseballs for the family. The group received an additional surprise when, in the meeting area, Robinson Cano and then Mariano Rivera, on their way out of the stadium to the team bus, gave a wave and a hello.


Robertson can relate

Watching the scenes from Oklahoma struck a particular chord for David Robertson, whose hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was devastated by a tornado in April 2011. "It's the same thing," said Robertson, who along with his wife, Erin, founded High Socks for Hope, a charity to raise money for Tuscaloosa. "It's terrible to see that."


Tex takes swings

Mark Teixeira (wrist) played in a simulated game a second straight day, taking four more at-bats with no pain. Kevin Youkilis (back) participated in the same simulated game and, for the first time, took swings at the plate.

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