- The Washington Times - Friday, April 17, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Gary Sheffield hit his 500th home run Friday night to became the 25th player in major league history to reach the milestone, belting a drive to left off Milwaukee’s Mitch Stetter in the seventh inning. The nine-time All-Star hit a full-count pitch an estimated 385 feet for his first hit and homer of the season for the New York Mets after being cut by the Detroit Tigers the last week of spring training.

Sheffield pumped both arms in the air as he approached first and rounded the bases as cameras flashed all over Citi Field. He touched home plate and pointed to the sky with both arms after the pinch-hit shot then hugged on-deck batter Jose Reyes.

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