Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays' Wil Myers enjoys being target of Fenway fans

BOSTON — Wil Myers enjoyed his return to the scene of the crime.

When the Rays were last in Boston, Myers made a name for himself with the fans after his major misplay of a David Ortiz fly ball changed the momentum, and the outcome, of the AL Division Series opener.

"I'm excited to get back here after the playoffs," Myers said. "As bad as it was last year, it was kind of a cool experience having all the Fenway faithful chanting my name. That was kind of cool. (Stinks) that it happened, but having a whole stadium chant my name was pretty cool."

Myers expected, though didn't get much of, a reaction Tuesday, as he had a pretty good day, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double (and a walk) to extend his hit streak to seven games.

The playoff experience, he admitted, stuck with him.

"To be honest it stayed with me most of the offseason, knowing that play kind of turned the series, especially the momentum," he said. "It really helped me work hard this offseason to get better. It's definitely something I learned from."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he could see the playoff incident evolving into a positive.

"It was a very difficult moment for him last year, but he's going to be playing here for many more years to come," Maddon said. "I'd like to see him make friends with the people out there in rightfield. That would be a great thing, and that's all he needs to do. The fans in Boston are great fans; they have a lot of fun. Wil's a great kid himself. Hopefully it works out in a great way."

THE RY GUY: The Rays are getting the top-notch work behind the plate — in called games and blocking pitches — expected of C Ryan Hanigan when he was acquired from the Reds.

But what he has been doing at the plate — tied for the team lead with 15 RBIs and three home runs — seems like a nice bonus.

"He had a bad wrist last year, and we knew that," Maddon said. "And if you look at some of his previous years he had done some pretty good work. So we thought he's capable of doing that good work again offensively. So not overly surprised right now."

Plus, Hanigan benefits from the American League lineup construction.

"The thing about him hitting nine with a good leadoff hitter behind him, that's going to get him better pitches,'' Maddon said. "And that's what I think has been going on a little bit. The fact that in the NL he was probably hitting eighth a lot, with the pitcher behind him, so you might see a different subtext of pitching right there.''

ARCHED UP: RHP Chris Archer tries to handle each start the same, but he acknowledged that will be a little tougher tonight against the Red Sox.

"I have to consciously control it because I don't want the emotion of the rivalry" to affect his performance, Archer said. "Because they're our biggest rival. I don't know if we're theirs, but that's irrelevant.

"They're ours, so I try to put that on the back burner and treat it like any other game. I know that it's important. But over the course of the season when you're playing wild-card play-in games, Game 163 and all of that, every game is equally important and that's what I constantly remind myself."

DOUBLING UP: CF Desmond Jennings on Monday against the White Sox became the first big-leaguer to tag up and score from second since August 2012, and the third Rays player, joining Carl Crawford (2005) and Ben Zobrist (2010).

MISCELLANY: Though the temperature was warmer (42 degrees at first pitch to 36), Maddon said Tuesday felt much colder than Saturday in Chicago. … Zobrist on Monday logged his 200th career double, and did so with his 21st two-double game since 2010, most in the majors over that span.

Rays' Wil Myers enjoys being target of Fenway fans 04/29/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. NFL Week 7: What we learned


    Are the Purple People Eaters back in Minnesota? The Vikings sacked Joe Flacco five times and held the Ravens to 208 total yards in a 24-16 home victory, their third straight win. QB Case Keenum looked ordinary with a 67.7 passer rating after completing 20-of-31 for 188 yards and an interception. Kai Forbath …

    Trainers, top, check Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas after Thomas was hurt in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) OHTD122
  2. Bills' comeback against Bucs a win for the process


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It hasn't taken Sean McDermott long to understand how to play to his base. Asked if the Bills had "gotten away with one" Sunday, the first-year coach gushed about his team reflecting the character of the town.

    Under first-year coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are 3-0 at home for the first time in six years. “I love playing here,” he says.
  3. No. 18 UCF closes in on USF, which drops to No. 17


    USF remained ahead of UCF in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday — just barely.

  4. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series


    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
  5. Jones: Where are the difference-makers on the Bucs defense?


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — They can't tackle. They can't cover. They can't pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him.

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles past Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]