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SEATTLE -- It isn't easy to get your first start in five days and go deep in your first plate appearance. But that's what backup catcher Hank Conger did in the second inning against Aaron Harang on Friday night, hitting a two-run shot to right-center field that marked his first big league homer since Sept. 16, 2011.

Conger, who appeared in 59 games with the Angels in 2011 but just seven in 2012, basically starts once a week, with Chris Iannetta doing the vast majority of the work behind the plate. It's a big adjustment for the 25-year-old switch-hitter, who's used to catching every day in the Minor Leagues.

But it's one he feels he's taking to quickly, mainly because he finally has a solidified role in the big leagues.

"When I first got called up, I didn't really know what my role was, so I didn't really know what to expect," said Conger, who has his grandparents in the stands for the four-game series in Seattle. "Now, I'm very comfortable with my role because I understand my role -- just play whenever they need me to. Chris is the starter, he's been doing a great job so far, and so I think for me, it's easier to understand my role and to be more comfortable in my role."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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