In his return to the Tampa Bay Rays, Carlos Pena got the team's 2012 opener off to a strong start. He finished it in even more spectacular fashion.
After Pena lifted the Rays to a walk-off win over the New York Yankees, the AL East rivals continue their season-opening series Saturday night at Tropicana Field.
Pena, who spent four of his best seasons with the Rays before playing for the Chicago Cubs in 2011, signed a one-year deal in January to return to Tampa Bay.
After batting .107 in the spring, the lefty slugger celebrated his homecoming with a grand slam off CC Sabathia in the first inning Friday. He made it even more memorable by plating Ben Zobrist with a single off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Rays a 7-6 victory.
"Your heart starts racing in that moment and you try to control yourself as much as possible," said Pena, the Rays' all-time home run leader with 145. "I tried to slow myself down and breathe and take it one pitch at a time, as easy as yo...