Adam Greenberg gets 2nd chance in majors with Maimi Marlins

MIAMI - Adam Greenberg's second major league plate appearance went a lot better than the first one, even though he struck out.

   Returning to the big leagues seven years after he was beaned, Greenberg fanned on three pitches Tuesday night as a pinch-hitter for the Miami Marlins.

   Greenberg signed a one-day contract before the game and batted leading off the sixth inning against New York Mets 20-game winner R.A. Dickey.

   After Greenberg received a standing ovation from the modest crowd and his teammates, Dickey threw him three consecutive knuckleballs. Greenberg took the first for a strike, then swung at the next two and missed.

   The game was Greenberg's first since his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2005, when he was hit in the back of the head by the first pitch he saw -- a 92 mph fastball that derailed his career.

   He suffered from vertigo and never moved any higher than the Double-A level in the minors after the incident.

Greenberg said he was overwhelmed by the positive reception from his new teammates.