Baldelli returns with a blast
Rocco Baldelli marked his return to the Rays in style Sunday, hitting a two-run homer on his first swing since being called up on Wednesday.
Baldelli spent most of the season as a special assistant coach in the minor leagues before starting his comeback in mid-July in Class A ball.
Baldelli's homer drew the Rays within 8-7 in the seventh inning.
It was Baldelli's first big-league homer since Sept. 3 of last year when he was with Boston and went deep off the Rays' David Price. And it made for home runs in consecutive at-bats for Baldelli in a Rays uniform - the last one in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.