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Boggs Honored In Rays Win


Who else to deliver a key hit on Wade Boggs Day but Wade Boggs?

Honored in pregame festivities, Boggs singled in the eighth inning to set up the go-ahead run Sunday that gave the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

"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."

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  • The 40-minute tribute saluted the Tampa native was for becoming the 23rd player to reach 3,000 hits.

    "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.

    In the eighth, Boggs led off with a single for his 3,005th hit. Miguel Cairo replaced Boggs as a pinch-runner and scored on Mike DiFelice's two-out double.

    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.

    Tampa Bay right fielder Jose Guillen preserved the 1-1 tie in the seventh, throwing out Joe Randa at home on Tim Spehr's two-out double.

    "It was a great ballgame," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "It's just tough to lose."

    Notes

  • The 2:05 game was quickest in Tampa Bay's two-season history.
  • Arrojo was 0-7 in his past 12 starts at home.
  • Devil Rays DH Jose Canseco missed the game because of a migraine headache.
  • Kansas City had its string of 19 consecutive successful stole base attempts stopped when Rey Sanchez was thrown out at second by DiFelice in the fourth inning.
  • The Royals' Carlos Beltran, who went three games without a hit for the first time in his career, singled in the fifth and snapped an 0-for-10 slide.
  • Tampa Bay SS Kevin Stocker (left knee inflammation), 3B Herbert Perry (left oblique strain) and IF David Lamb (back strain) are expected to begin minor league rehab stints Tuesday or Wednesday.

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