A first for Russell Wilson, and after strikeout, he's not down

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Almost seven years after grounding into a double play against the Rome (Georgia) Braves, Wilson took the count to 2-balls and 2-strikes against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried before striking out swinging on a 93-mph fastball.

Wilson got his first Yankees at-bat, striking out in the fifth inning of a game against the Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday.

Wilson will end his stay at Yankees camp Saturday.

The Yankees acquired Wilson, a star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, from the Texas Rangers on February 7.

"The reality is I've always been working out, always training", Wilson said.

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Wilson did make contact during the at-bat, but struck out swinging with a 2-2 count. I went up there in attack mode. I was ready and will always remember that.

"I wasn't coming here to fool around", Wilson said. Chasen Shreve, now a reliever with the Yankees, induced Wilson to ground into a double play in a June 2011 game.

"I think we share the same philosophy, it's not easy to win", Wilson said. "They know that's part of my game. This is going to be a great baseball team".

Wilson hasn't had an AB since his minor-league career ended in 2011.

Wilson hinted at the possibility of getting a chance to hit before the game. He was chosen by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. But that hasn't stopped teams from trading his baseball rights around in order to bring him to spring training to generate some headlines, have him give motivational talks to the team, and sell a few extra tickets to autograph seekers. During his first session, one that put him in a group with reigning American League and National League home run champions Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, Wilson hit six home runs. Judge played right field for the first time since offseason left shoulder surgery. OF Clint Frazier still has concussion symptoms and underwent an MRI.

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