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Soto chases history

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PHOENIX — With his two-run blast off Diamondback left-hander Doug Davis in the second inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series, catcher Geovany Soto became the first Cubs rookie to hit a postseason home run since Frank Demaree in 1932.

Demaree's blast came in the first inning of Game 4 of the 1932 World Series off the Yankees' Johnny Allen at Wrigley Field.

Soto, a September call-up who appeared in 18 games for the Cubs this season, was back in the lineup for a second playoff start in as many games, but manager Lou Piniella wouldn’t say whether he’ll go with Soto throughout the rest of the series or get veteran Jason Kendall in the lineup at home this weekend.

‘‘We’ll see how this thing goes [in Game 2],’’ he said, ‘‘and we’ll go from there.’’

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Congrats to Soto, i was impressed with his mechanics behind the plate and his present in the batters box was intimidating. I didn't realize that he just came up from the minors in Sept. I believe that taking him out of the lineup today, is wrong.The Cubs have a premiere catcher in Soto for years to come. I will be looking forward to watching him during the regular season when they come to Phoenix.

On another note: Chris Young, Mark Reynolds, Steven Drew, (and anticipating just turned (20yrs) Justin Upton), also hit their rookie season's 1st post-season homers.

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