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USA TODAYVladimir Guerrero Jr. waited 13 games for his first MLB home run.Then he wasted no time hitting his second.The Toronto Blue Jays’ hyped young star hit his first two home runs Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants and they were both absolute bombs.The first home run came in the game’s very first inning when he stepped to the plate and sent Nick Vincent’s pitch well over the wall in the straight-away center field.We gotta believe this moon shot was the first of many moon shots to come and it sure did look like what his dad used to do: And then in the sixth inning he added another:His dad, who won the 2007 home run derby at the same park, loved it: Mi hijo este es el primero de muchos, orgulloso de ti negro. || This is the first of many, im proud of you boy. 💪🏾 https://t.co/8zzj9iOPIY— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) May 15, 2019Vlad Jr. went 3-for-4 and drew a walk on the night as the Blue Jays beat the Giants 7-3. *** MLB photo of the day: Best shots from the 2019 seasonPost to FacebookPosted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. May 14: Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. looks up after a ball goes over his head for a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. The Cardinals won the game, 14-3. Brett Davis, USA TODAY SportsMay 13: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) tags the Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez at second base during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the game, 5-2. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsMay 12: Detroit Tigers second baseman Gordon Beckham throws to first base for the out during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Tigers won the game, 5-3. Jordan Johnson, USA TODAY SportsMay 11: In a throwback game for the team, Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Yonny Chirinos celebrates at the end of the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Kim Klement, USA TODAY SportsMay 10: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy puts out Washington Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo to end the top of the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY SportsMay 9: San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won the game, 12-11. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY SportsMay 8: The Baltimore Orioles’ Richie Martin reacts after Boston Red Sox second baseman Eduardo Nunez attempts to apply a tag during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox won the game, 2-1, in 12 innings. Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY SportsMay 7: Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones catches a fly ball during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Rays won, 6-3. Kim Klement, USA TODAY SportsMay 6: Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia (3) and third baseman Travis Shaw (21) can’t catch foul ball hit by the Washington Nationals’ Wilmer Difo in the sixth inning at Miller Park. The Brewers won the game, 5-3. Benny Sieu, USA TODAY SportsMay 5: Cubs outfielders celebrate a win against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Patrick Gorski, USA TODAY SportsMay 4: In a celebration of the first professional baseball team, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Cody Reed throws against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. David Kohl, USA TODAY SportsMay 3: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena avoids a pitch thrown by
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman in the second inning at Marlins Park. Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY SportsMay 2: Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell is ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Marty Foster after the Reds’ Jesse Winker (33) was also ejected during the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Mets won the game, 1-0. Brad Penner, USA TODAY SportsMay 1: Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) forces out the Baltimore Orioles’ Dwight Smith Jr. at second base in the seventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the game, 7-6. David Banks, USA TODAY SportsApril 30: Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Eric Sogard throws to first base after forcing out the Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella (9) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY SportsApril 29: The Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman attempts to avoid the tag of San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer during the third inning at SunTrust Park. The Braves won the game, 3-1. Adam Hagy, USA TODAY SportsApril 28: Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has beer spilled on him as a fan in the stands tries to catch the ball in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Mets won the game, 5-2. Wendell Cruz, USA TODAY SportsApril 27: Cleveland Indians shortstop Mike Freeman (6) catches a fly ball hit by the Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the game, 4-3. Thomas Shea, USA TODAY SportsApril 26: The Chicago White Sox’s James McCann slides home in front of the tag of Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner during the fifth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the game, 12-11. Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY SportsApril 25: The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez is tagged out at second base on a stolen base attempt by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (3) during the first inning at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers won the game, 2-1. Matt Marton, USA TODAY SportsApril 24: The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores is picked off of second base as Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker applies the tag during the third inning at PNC Park. The Diamondbacks won the game, 11-2. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY SportsApril 23: Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig throws his bat after hitting a sac fly against the Braves. David Kohl, USA TODAY SportsApril 22: Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is restrained while arguing with home plate umpire Mark Carlson during a game against the Mets. Andy Marlin, USA TODAY SportsApril 21: A fan in bunny ears at the Easter game between the Mariners and Angels in Anaheim watches the action during the seventh inning. Jake Roth, USA TODAY SportsApril 20: Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager dives for a wild throw as the Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain slides into second base after hitting a double during the seventh inning at Miller Park. The Brewers won the game, 5-0. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY SportsApril 19: St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez (38) celebrates with center fielder Dexter Fowler (25) after hitting a home run against the New York Mets. Jeff Curry, USA TODAY SportsApril 18: The Milwaukee Brewers’ Hernan Perez (14) is tagged out at home plate by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes in the eighth inning at Miller Park. The Dodgers won the game, 3-1. Michael McLoone, USA TODAY SportsApril 17: The Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson is restrained after being hit by a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Royals won the game, 4-3. David Banks, USA TODAY SportsApril 16: The Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper slides into home plate during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-3 win. John Geliebter, USA TODAY SportsApril 15: The Cincinnati Reds’ Yasiel Puig reacts while crossing home after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY SportsApril 14: The Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis reacts after striking out to end the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the game, 4-0. Paul Rutherford, USA TODAY SportsApril 13: Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) talks with fans as he walks into the tunnel after a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Davis ended his record drought with a three-hit performance. Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY SportsApril 12: Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick can’t make the catch on a dive for a ball against the Seattle Mariners. Jennifer Buchanan, USA TODAY SportsApril 11: The St. Louis Cardinals’ Paul DeJong steals second against the Los Angeles Dodgers as Enrique Hernandez tries to corral the throw during the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the game, 11-7. Scott Kane, USA TODAY SportsApril 10: The Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto (19) is tagged out at home plate by Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the game, 2-1. David Kohl, USA TODAY SportsApril 9: Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) and left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. celebrate after defeating the Colorado Rockies, 7-1, at Coors Field. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY SportsApril 8: Kansas City Royals second baseman Adalberto Mondesi tags out Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion trying to steal second base in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Mariners won the game, 13-5. Denny Medley, USA TODAY SportsApril 7: Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Steven Brault (43) and Cincinnati Reds left fielder Jesse Winker argue after benches cleared during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY SportsApril 6: The Tampa Bay Rays’ Willy Adames slides safely home ahead of the tag by San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of a game at Oracle Park. The Giants won, 6-4. D. Ross Cameron, USA TODAY SportsApril 5: Houston’s Tony Kemp is out and Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien watches as his throw to first completes a double play. Troy Taormina, USA TODAY SportsApril 4: Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) jumps onto the fence but is unable to make a catch on an Oakland three-run home run. Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY SportsApril 3: Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery avoids a tag by Nationals catcher Yan Gomes. Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY SportsApril 2: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus gets doused after a win against the Astros. Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY SportsApril 2: Mets shortstop Amed Rosario talks with second baseman Robinson Cano during their game against the Marlins. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY SportsApril 1: The Chicago White Sox’s Jose Rondon is safe as Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana leaps for an errant throw from relief pitcher Adam Cimber during the eighth inning at Progressive Field. The Indians won the game, 5-3. Ken Blaze, USA TODAY SportsMarch 31: Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich celebrates after hitting a walk-off double against the Cardinals. Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY SportsMarch 30: Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper watches the flight of his home run against the Braves. James Lang, USA TODAY SportsMarch 29: Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols tries to get out of the way of a pitch against the Athletics. D. Ross Cameron, USA TODAY SportsMarch 28: Orioles catcher Jesus Sucre drops a pop-up against the Yankees. Brad Penner, USA TODAY SportsMarch 21: Ichiro Suzuki waves to fans after Seattle’s game against Oakland in Tokyo. Darren Yamashita, USA TODAY SportsMarch 20: Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham and second baseman Dee Gordon celebrate after winning against the Athletics in Tokyo. Darren Yamashita, USA TODAY SportsInterested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries:AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide