This is what Wil Myers did Saturday against the Yankees: singled and hit a grand slam off CC Sabathia, singled in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera to bring the tying run to the plate, and slid hard into second base to break up a potential game-ending double play.

If not for a seventh-inning meltdown by the bullpen, Myers would have stolen the show. Instead, the Rays lost 7-5.

Manager Joe Maddon summed up Myers' afternoon in one word: “Outstanding.”
Myers, who served as the designated hitter, became the first visiting player to hit a grand slam for his first big-league homer at Yankee Stadium since Detroit's Rick Peters on May 27, 1980. He is the second Ray whose first major-league homer was a grand slam; Jorge Velandia did it on Sept. 25, 2007 at Tropicana Field — also against New York.

That Sabathia intentionally walked 3B Evan Longoria with two outs to load the bases made the home run a little sweeter, Myers said.

“Yeah, definitely it gives me a lot of confidence at the plate,” Myers said. “It felt good to do something like that and help the team right there.”

Equally as thrilling for Myers was facing Rivera in the ninth inning. He broke his bat swinging at Rivera's first pitch — it was the bat he used for the grand slam — and out-ran Rivera to first base for an infield single.

Expect Myers to bat behind Longoria against left-handed pitchers. Maddon did that Thursday against Andy Pettitte. Longoria had two home runs that night. In those two games, Longoria is 4-for-6 with three home runs, a double, four RBIs and four runs scored.