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Royals get to Rays’ all-star Brad Boxberger for walk-off win

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Twenty-four hours after being named to the all-star team, reliever Brad Boxberger of the Tampa Bay Rays looked like anything but.

Boxberger had a rough time of it in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, giving up a grand slam homer to 29-year-old rookie Paulo Orlando of the Kansas City Royals as the Rays’ gave up their third walk-off defeat of this road trip. Boxberger had given up singles to Eric Hosmer and Alex Rios and a walk to Omar Infante to load the bases with one out. Orlando then hit a changeup over the left-field fence for the homer.

For the Rays, Matt Moore had his second start, and it was a rough afternoon, too. Moore gave up four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and hit two batters.

The Rays tied the score in the top of the ninth when Kevin Kiermaier hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

The teams were to play another game later Tuesday.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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