Two Swings, Two Hits to Celebrate for Pena

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PETER K IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Published: April 6, 2012

The New York Times

By PETER KERASOTIS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It is not often that a ballplayer must choose between these two moments and decide which is bigger — a grand slam against C. C. Sabathia, or a game-ending hit against Mariano Rivera.

But that was what Carlos Pena faced after he had done both in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 7-6 victory Friday against the Yankees.

Finally, he had an answer.

“Rivera,” he said.

Then he hedged.

“Maybe.”

It was not easy. Pena became the first left-handed hitter to hit a grand slam against Sabathia.

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