CLEBURNE, Texas | At age 53, Palmeiro hits 1st home run in return to baseball
CLEBURNE, Texas — Rafael Palmeiro still has power, even at 53.
After hitting more than 500 home runs in the major leagues, Palmeiro went deep Monday night for the first time in his return to baseball with an independent team.
He connected in the fifth inning for the Cleburne Railroaders , who went on to a 4-3 loss in 11 innings against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Starting for the first time this season at first base, where he spent the majority of his 20-year big league career, Palmeiro batted sixth in the lineup, right behind his son, Patrick.