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MLB - US Sports: Freeman strikes against his former colleagues

Los Angeles Dodgers' new first baseman Freddie Freeman hit his first home run against his former club, Atlanta Braves, in a 7-4 victory at Dodger Stadium.

Freeman is 12/1 to win the National League Most Valuable Player award and he was on Dodger Stadium field before the game to receive his Silver Slugger award from last season - when as a Brave he also won the World Series for the first time with Atlanta.

Freeman walked up to the batter's box to face his former team and with the second pitch he saw, he hit into the gap in left-centre field and over the fence for his first home run as a member of the Dodgers.

Freeman greeted warmly by Braves

Before the game, Freeman, who had spent the last 15 years with, realised it wasn't going to be just a normal game. Every time he saw a former team-mate, he gave a hug and talked about the World Series championship victory they had together.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers have now won seven straight games as they try to regain their World Series crown they gave up to the Braves in the National League Championship series last year.

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Speaking to after the game, Freeman said: "Today was just special."

Freeman still loves Braves

“"Our ultimate goal (last season) was to win the World Series and we were able to do that. So it was nice to see the guys I did that with. The only storyline for me today was that I was just happy to see my friends again.

"There's no storyline or anything like that, there's no poetic justice or anything like that. I love the Atlanta Braves - I will always love the Atlanta Braves.

"I'm just happy I was able to help the Dodgers win a game."

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