Cecchini went 1-for-3 with his first career home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

The most impressive thing about his fifth-inning blast was that it came with two strikes against superstar lefty Clayton Kershaw. This was also his first start in the majors, and although T.J. Rivera is expected to get most of the reps at the keystone with Neil Walker (hamstring) out, Cecchini could push him for playing time with more performances like this -- and simultaneously prove his worth in the organization with top prospect Amed Rosario knocking on the door to New York.

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