Memento from Emaus' first hit heads home

Memento from Emaus' first hit heads home

MIAMI -- Brad Emaus could not immediately be certain whether his first Major League hit was indeed a hit. He snagged the ball nonetheless.

Afterward -- after Emaus was sure that Saturday's official scorer had ruled his ground ball a hit and not an error -- Emaus presented the ball to his father, who plans to display it at the family's home in Georgia.

"He liked it," Emaus said. "He's happy."

Facing Ricky Nolasco in the fifth inning Saturday, Emaus hit a hard bouncer to shortstop, where it skipped sharply off Hanley Ramirez's glove and into left field. With the single, Emaus is now 1-for-7 with a walk over his first two Major League games.

He was out of the lineup for the first time Sunday, paving the way for Daniel Murphy to make his first career start at second base.

"It really had to do with getting Murphy a start and getting him some at-bats," manager Terry Collins said. "He's a big piece coming off the bench."