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Rays Guyer blasts two-run homer in first MLB at bat

Lindsay Murphy had just finished her job as the sports anchor at Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., at 6:20 p.m., hopped in her car and drove an hour to Camden Yards in Baltimore where her husband, Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer, was making his major league debut against the Baltimore Orioles before a rooting section of 25 friends and family members.

As Guyer stepped to the plate against Orioles lefthander Zach Britton, Murphy was listening on the radio as she pulled into the parking lot at Orioles Park.

Murphy missed Guyer's big moment. Oh, well, let's go to the highlight's, Lindsay.  

In his first Major League at bat, Guyer blasted a 3-1 fastball from Britton for a two-run homer that traveled 386-feet into the seats in left centerfield.

"My reaction was to scream and roll my window down and yell at people walking in the stadium,'' Murphy said. "I'm kind of surprised, for how young he is and everything, he's poised well beyond his years. We were laughing because he played at Wrigley Field (with the Peoria Chiefs) and his at bat, his first pitch was a home run to leftfield. I think it's just something about being on a big stage that he tends to relish a little bit.''

As Guyer's rooting section jumped up and down, exchanged hugs and high-fives, a member of the Rays bullpen retrieved the baseball for Guyer, swapping it out for three baseballs with a fan of the Durham Bulls who happened to attend the game, unaware of Guyer's debut.

Rays teammates gave Guyer the silent treatment after he circled the bases and reached the dugout, then mobbed him after several steps.





[Last modified: Sunday, June 5, 2011 12:15am]


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