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New Braves 1B Lee Gets Standing Ovation at Wrigley

CHICAGO (AP) -- After seven mostly happy years with the Chicago Cubs, first baseman Derrek Lee has returned to the site of his favorite memory as a ballplayer: the tiny visiting clubhouse at historic Wrigley Field.

Lee made his Braves debut on Friday against the very team that dealt him away just two days earlier. Batting cleanup, he waved his batting helmet as he received a standing ovation in the first inning. He then flied out on Ryan Dempster's first pitch, stranding a runner at third.

Earlier, when the 6-foot-5 Lee stepped into the clubhouse -- ducking so he wouldn't bump his head on any low-hanging beams -- he realized he hadn't been in there since October 2003.

He was with the Marlins then, and he played a major role as Florida rallied to win an epic Game 6 of the NL championship series. He then drove in the winning run in Game 7, depriving the Cubs of their first pennant since 1945.

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