Former WSU star homers in major league baseball debut

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The Colorado Rockies lost a home game to Boston last night,  but it was a game Sam Hilliard will never forget.

The former Wichita State standout made his major league debut last night,  and hit a 2-run homer.   It was also the first hit of Hilliard's major league career.

 Hilliard was removed from his game with Triple-A Albuquerque after the fifth inning Monday by manager Glenallen Hill.

"He pulled me over and said, `Hey, what do you think about your effort level on that popup to left field?"' Hilliard recounted. "I said, `It was good. I ran hard.' He goes, `I've got to take you out.' I got really upset. I thought I was getting pulled for a lack of effort."

 Following the game, Hill called Hilliard into his office and revealed the real reason -- he was being promoted.

   "It was the longest four innings of my life," Hilliard cracked.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.