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Momentary Rays hero headed for Japan

Posted Dec 19, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Dec 19, 2008 at 08:26 PM

The fine folks at NPB Tracker inform us that Dan Johnson is set to join the Yokohama BayStars. It sounds like Johnson might end up in the outfield for Yokohama, where at some point he figures to end up facing his 2008 Durham Bulls teammate Scott Dohmann, who recently signed with Hiroshima.

Johnson, of course, was the star of one of the most memorable moments of the Rays’ 2008 season. Called up from Durham on Sept. 9, he arrived at Fenway Park about 15 minutes before game time and ended up coming on cold against Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Hitless in his big-league career as a pinch-hitter, Johnson blasted a homer to right to tie the game and the Rays scored what proved to be the winning run a few minutes later.

His first at-bat as a Ray was one of only 25 he would get for Tampa Bay during the season, but it should go down in Rays lore.


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