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The big news across Major League Baseball on Friday was Kris Bryant making his long awaited debut with the Chicago Cubs. Bryant batted fourth and started at third base for the Cubs, who hosted the San Diego Padres and faced James Shields.

Bryant struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat, again went down swinging to lead off the fourth inning and completed the hat trick in the fifth inning. He finished the game 0-for-4 and made more of an impact with his glove than at the plate.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson, no stranger to quirky and lighthearted tweets, offered some words of encouragement to Bryant on Twitter:

The at-bats Anderson referenced came Thursday night against the Seattle Mariners. Joc Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the second inning and Anderson struck out by fouling off a bunt attempt for strike three.

Anderson then went down swinging in the fourth after again failing to get a bunt down on the previous two pitches of the at-bat. He was caught looking on called strike three in his third at-bat of the game.

While Bryant will surely turn his fortunes around at the plate over the duration of his career, Anderson’s outlook, by default of being a pitcher, isn’t quite as promising.


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