Myers delivers - with a grand slam
UPDATE, 4:04: Myers is the first player whose first career home run was a grand slam at Yankee Stadium since 1980, when Detroit's Ricky Peters did it. And the first Ray to do so since the great Jorge Velandia in 2007.
DEVELOPING: Can't imagine Rays prized prospect Wil Myers has seen teams intentionally walk a batter to get to him in the order, and he certainly made the Yankees pay today - with a grand slam.
Leading 3-1, the Yanks walked Evan Longoria to load the bases with two outs so C.C. Sabathia could face Myers, the rookie who was 4-for-21 in his first five games, and 1-for-2 thus far Saturday as the DH.
With the count 1-and-2, Myers laced a ball to right-center, and Yankees CF Brett Gardner leaped at the wall, the ball appearing to hit the top of the fence, then his glove and then go over.
A fan threw the ball back onto the field and then the Yankees tossed it to the Tampa Bay dugout, and Myers, who made his debut Tuesday in Boston and his first hit that night, got his second souvenir of the road trip.