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Kevin Kouzmanoff has made history, and not just for his debut at-bat:

Wickliffe's Tom Alusheff, vice president of the Macedonia Patriotic Organization of the United States and Canada, says Indians infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff is the first American of Macedonian descent to reach the big leagues.

Kouzmanoff said he is indeed Macedonian.

"A lot of people think I'm Russian," he said.

Kouzmanoff said his great grandfather, born in Macedonia, settled in Bensenville, Ill. Kouzmanoff was born in Newport Beach, Calif.