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Myers' first hit vs. Royals may provide spark

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KANSAS CITY -- Wil Myers' dribbler single in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game allowed him to reach base and eventually score the winning run. The single became the first career hit against his former team in 12 at-bats.

"Been waiting for my first hit here, and I finally got it," Myers said. "I've been struggling at the plate. But maybe that's something that will get me going."

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KANSAS CITY -- Wil Myers' dribbler single in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game allowed him to reach base and eventually score the winning run. The single became the first career hit against his former team in 12 at-bats.

"Been waiting for my first hit here, and I finally got it," Myers said. "I've been struggling at the plate. But maybe that's something that will get me going."

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Myers has seemed a little uncomfortable while receiving the attention he has during the series in Kansas City. Rays manager Joe Maddon noted that Myers' single might be the spark to get him going.

"It's something that can permit him to exhale, which he needs to do," Maddon said. "He's just trying so hard right now. He's still growing into this whole thing. I know he's coming off a wonderful season. But we have to really nurture him through this second year also.

"And he's going to be fine. He is. He's probably pressing a little bit, [and] he may admit that to you because he's pretty honest. He's going to be fine; we just have to stay with him, keep talking to him and work through it."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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