Backup Catcher Rene Pinto Makes the Most of MLB Debut With Home Run

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rene Pinto has waited a long time to play in a major-league baseball game. He finally got the chance on Tuesday night, and he made the most of it.

Pinto, a 25-year-old Venezuelan who was signed by the Rays as a teenager, was called up last weekend after catcher Francisco Mejia had to go on the COVID-19 list, He wasn’t sure when – or even if – he was going to get a chance to play.

But on Tuesday night, with the Mariners leading 7-0, starting catcher Mike Zunino left the game with a minor left biceps injury. In went Pinto.

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