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sportsbuzzRelatively speaking, this week wasn’t a great week for Derek Fisher. But it was another week in the big leagues, so how bad could it be?

This week marked Fisher’s fourth with the Houston Astros, after the Rexmont native and Cedar Crest graduate was called up from Class AAA Fresno on July 25. Fisher, a former star at the University of Virginia, is attempting to realize his Major League baseball dream by carving out a productive career with Houston.

Fisher is just the sixth Lebanon County resident to play Major League Baseball, and the first in nearly 70 years. He is on pace to accomplish things at the highest level of baseball that no other local native ever has.

In June, the 23-year-old Fisher was recalled from Fresno for five days and played in the first five major league games of his career. But he was subsequently sent back to the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies.

A fine defensive outfielder and an accomplished base runner, Fisher figures to have to hit to stay in the majors, especially on an Astros’ roster loaded with talent. To this point, Fisher has appeared in 26 major league games.

 - Jeff Falk

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