"It just seems like it's a storybook script .... my name has to be involved," Boggs said. "It just capped a wonderful day to get a victory on this day."
"It was spectacular," Boggs said. "I had a little trouble sleeping last night. It was sort of like waiting for Christmas and being the first one up to see what's under the tree."
The first pitch was delayed for the ceremony, which got off to an emotional start when Boggs came out of the dugout, immediately walked toward Hall of Famer Ted Williams and gave him a hug.
"I'm really happy to be here because I don't go to many places that I don't want to go to," Williams said. He's a great hitter. "Anybody that gets 3,000 hits in this game, buddy, can hit."
Boggs was presented with the home plate he kissed Aug. 7 after becoming the first player to homer for No. 3,000.
Boggs' wife Debbie, daughter Megan, son Brett and father Win also took part. Former manager John McNamara, and hitting coach Walt Hriniak were present, and Tony Gwynn, George Brett and Reggie Jackson added video tributes.
Boggs went 1-for-3. Slowed by right knee inflammation, Boggs was making just his second start in the past nine games.
DiFelice also homered as Tampa Bay won for seventh time in eight games. The Devil Rays are 12-5 since Aug. 4, the best record in the American League.
Rolando Arrojo (4-8) won at home for the first time since last Sept. 15. He allowed six hits in his first complete game this season and third of his career.
Jose Rosado (7-11) took the tough-luck loss. He pitched a three-hitter for his third complete game.
It was the first time at Tropicana Field that both pitchers finished with complete games.
"There's not much to say," said Rosado, who struck out eight but lost for the fourth straight time when pitching a complete game. "I guess I did my job. I know this is only a game ... (but) it's tough."
After DiFelice homered, Rosado retired 14 straight hitters before Boggs singled.
Kansas City scored in the fifth on Jeremy Giambi's RBI single.
"It was a great ballgame," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "It's just tough to lose."
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