For an inning, Royals outfielder Brett Eibner’s first big-league home run was the stuff of dreams. The first-pitch blast off one of the game’s top pitchers, the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, gave the Royals a 4-3 lead after six innings Thursday. Had the Royals hung on, they lost 10-4, Eibner’s homer would have been that much more memorable.
Still, Eibner got the ball. A fan sitting in right-center field traded the ball for a couple of baseballs and a Mike Moustakas autographed bat.
“To be able to hit it off of (Verlander), that was pretty cool,” Eibner said. “He’s been the No. 1 guy for a while. He’s accomplished a lot at the highest level.”