TOKYO — Bob Horner, former Atlanta Brave infielder making his Japanese professional baseball debut, hit a two-run homer Tuesday, leading the Yakult Swallows to a 5-3 victory over the Hanshin Tigers.
Horner, 29, signed with the Swallows April 14 for an estimated $2 million this season after becoming a free agent with the Braves. He had received no offers from other major league teams.
Before a crowd of 52,000 at Jingu Stadium, he walked, beat out an infield hit, homered and grounded out. He played third base on defense and was taken out in the eighth inning.
Horner told reporters, after his game: "When I hit the ball, I thought it would be a double at least. I am happy that I could hit a home run.