KANSAS CITY, Mo. Nearly eight years to the day since he was traded out of town, outfielder Carlos Beltran returned to Kauffman Stadium for the first time Friday.
And while the stadium hardly looks the same and nearly nobody except a few stadium security guards look familiar to him, the memories of his first six-plus years in the big leagues remain strong.
"I only have good memories of this place," Beltran said. "My career began here and I'm just happy to be back, even though it's only for three days.
"I'm not going to cry, but I'm happy. I'm just excited to be back and looking forward to going to and playing a game. Six and a half years is a lot of time with one team and I went through a lot of good times in this city."
Beltran wasted little time producing in his old stomping grounds Friday, lining a two-run double off the wall in the first inning and another two-run double into the gap in right center in the second inning.
Serving as the designated hitter, he finished 2-for-5...