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McAdam: First time hardly the charm for Kiké Hernández

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For a minute or so, it was the kind of debut of which players dream.

Anointed as his new team's leadoff hitter, Kiké Hernández, making his Red Sox debut came to the plate in the bottom of the first inning Friday afternoon, with fans back in Fenway Park for the first time in 16 months, and promptly did what leadoff hitters are supposed to do. Hernandez lined a single to right field, for his first hit in his first plate appearance.

So far, so good.

"Got my first hit out of the way,'' Hernandez would say later. "Felt good in the moment.''

It was, however, all downhill from there.

One out later, Hernandez stumbled as he scampered back to the bag on a pickoff attempt from Orioles starter John Means, and after rolling his ankle in an effort to get back safely, came off the bag for an instant. Baltimore first baseman Trey Mancini alertly kept the tag on Hernandez for several seconds and while first base umpire Ron Kulpa initially ruled Hernandez safe, the Orioles dugout knew better.

Following a seemingly interminable replay review, Hernandez was called out, and the storybook debut was already soured a bit.

For Hernandez, however, it would get worse. Much worse.