After sluggish start, Vaughn gets first major-league hit with Sox

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago White Sox's Zack Collins, center, is greeted by Andrew Vaughn, right, as Seattle Mariners catcher Luis Torrens stands nearby after Collins hit a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Seattle.

    Chicago White Sox's Zack Collins, center, is greeted by Andrew Vaughn, right, as Seattle Mariners catcher Luis Torrens stands nearby after Collins hit a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Seattle. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 4/7/2021 6:33 PM

After starting the season 0-for-9 with 5 strikeouts, rookie Andrew Vaughn doubled Tuesday night for his first major-league hit.

"It felt pretty special," Vaughn said. "I went a few at-bats without one, definitely was in a little bit of a funk. Felt good to go back to my roots and stay simple there and get a knock. It was pretty cool."

 

Moving to an unfamiliar position to replace injured left fielder Eloy Jimenez has made Vaughn's first week in the major leagues all the more difficult.

"I think it was a little bit of the jitters, I guess," Vaughn said. "I feel like everybody gets that when they first come up. I'd say I guess I was trying to do a little too much and had to go back and say, 'Hey, it's baseball.' You've got to treat it like it's Little League in the backyard. You're just swinging and having fun."

Vaughn was not in the starting lineup against the Mariners Wednesday, but he entered the game in the fifth inning and played left field after Billy Hamilton exited with a strained left hamstring.

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