Reyes glad to get first homer out of the way

Reyes glad to get first homer out of the way

Reyes glad to get first homer out of the way
MIAMI -- It was only a matter of time before Jose Reyes hit his first home run as a Marlin. It came on Thursday night, when the four-time All-Star went deep on his 222nd at-bat.

What he wouldn't have guessed was the first homer would come while he batted right-handed.

A switch-hitter, Reyes has so many more chances batting from the left side. Entering Friday night, he had 161 at-bats hitting lefty, compared to 62 right-handed.

His homer on Thursday was off Atlanta southpaw Mike Minor.

"I thought it would be lefty, too," Reyes said. "I guess not. I'll take it from either side."

Reyes certainly isn't worried about home runs. He has 82 in his career, with 60 off right-handed pitchers.

"It's always good to get the first one, get it out of the way," Reyes said. "That's something I wasn't looking for. It just happened."