Wander Franco, Connor Wong both make history in Red Sox-Rays

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Franco wasn't the only prospect who made history in Red Sox-Rays originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Tuesday was a night of firsts at Tropicana Field.

The most notable "first" involved Wander Franco, the No. 1 prospect in baseball who made his Major League Baseball debut for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Boston Red Sox.

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Franco lived up to the hype, smacking a game-tying, three-run home run in the fifth inning and adding a double in the seventh to finish 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

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That home run earned the 20-year-old Dominican Republic native a place in the record books as the youngest third baseman to homer in his MLB debut. He also became the youngest player in the modern era to have multiple extra-base hits (including a home run) and multiple runs scored in his first game.

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Franco wasn't the only player making his MLB debut Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, though: Red Sox catcher prospect Connor Wong, who came to Boston by way of the Mookie Betts trade, earned the call-up before the game.

While Wong didn't start, he pinch-ran for J.D. Martinez at second base in the 11th inning and scored the go-ahead run on a Rafael Devers double in the Red Sox' eventual 9-5 win.

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The last American League player to pinch-run in extra innings and score in his first MLB game? Some guy named Cal Ripken Jr.

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We're not saying Wong will be the next Cal Ripken (he also benefited from MLB's extra innings rule that placed a running on second base to start the inning) but it was good to see the 25-year-old get involved right away -- and steal a little thunder from Franco's memorable debut.