NEW YORK -- When the Rays open up a series at Camden Yards on Friday, Luke Scott will make his first visit to Baltimore since leaving the Orioles following last season, when the team chose not to tender him a contract.
Scott played four years in Baltimore, hitting .260 with 84 home runs and 236 RBIs in 471 games.
"Like I've said in the past, I played four years in Baltimore, had a lot of good memories there, met a lot of wonderful people, played with a good group of guys," Scott said. "I'm just very grateful for the opportunity to play in Baltimore.
"It will be special going back there. It's a beautiful park as well; I love Camden Yards. It will be a little emotional of course, because you play there and you dedicate four years of your life to one spot. I have a lot of special memories there."
Scott was asked if he anticipated more of a warm reception in Baltimore than what he received in Boston shortly after calling Fenway Park "a dump" from a player's perspective.
"I definitely think it will be a lot warmer than Boston," Scott said.
In his short tenure with the Rays, Scott has already become a fan favorite, a status he also maintained in Baltimore. He said he enjoys having a rapport with the fans.
"I like to, as much as I can, involve the fans in the game," Scott said. "I played the outfield in Baltimore. I would always interact with the fans. I would have fun with them."
Among the fans Scott enjoyed were those who came out dressed as Darth Vader and talked to "Luke" about "the Force" being with him.
"I'd high-five [the fans] or go and talk to them during pitching changes and stuff like that," Scott said. "I just would celebrate with them all the team victories and good plays, stuff like that. I like doing stuff like that. I like having them involved."
Scott said he had many fond memories from playing in Baltimore.
"I won't say there was one in particular," Scott said. "There were a few -- some big games we won, some big comebacks we had there. Unfortunately, we were never able to make it to the postseason."
Wth Allen on DL, Rays have spot for Keppinger
NEW YORK -- The Rays activated Jeff Keppinger from the restricted list on Thursday and placed first baseman/outfielder Brandon Allen on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain.
Keppinger missed Wednesday's game due to an unspecified personal matter to which he had to tend at his home in Dacula, Ga.
"I just had some personal things to take care of," Keppinger said. "I wouldn't like to miss any days, if possible, but it was something I needed to take care of and they allowed me to go home and take care of it."
Keppinger arrived back in New York late Wednesday night. He said he watched the Rays' 4-1 comeback win over the Yankees on Thursday.
"It was a good ending," Keppinger said. "The good guys won."
Allen, who had a big pinch-hit single in the win, said his quad has been bothering him since the Rays' series at Texas. When asked if he was surprised to be put on the disabled list, Allen said, "You have to take care of it. Nip it in the bud right now. Get back sooner than later."
Rays manager Joe Maddon commended Allen for doing "a great job" for the Rays.
"He's been feeling kind of ratty," Maddon said. "And then ... he did feel it again, running into second base [Wednesday night]. ... It's kind of a strain, and it's not getting better-better, so we just decided to do this and just make sure that he's well."
With Allen going on the DL, Brandon Guyer will remain with the Rays for the time being.
"That's just baseball -- you can never assume anything," said Guyer, who expected to be sent back to Triple-A Durham upon Keppinger's return. "I really thought I was just coming up for a day. ... I feel bad for Brandon; I hope he's all right. I just want to try and help the team win any way I can."
Joyce shares laugh with Rays after injury
NEW YORK -- A day after hitting a tiebreaking three-run homer and rolling his left ankle simultaneously in the Rays' 4-1 win over the Yankees, Matt Joyce still could feel the injury.
"I was sore this morning," Joyce said. "I woke up and had it wrapped pretty tight, put ice on it and kept it elevated. But it's going to be sore after you roll it like that. Hopefully, I'll be ready to go."
Joyce, who did not start Thursday night's rubber match, said he was available to pinch-hit.
Joyce smiled when asked about the best message he received in the aftermath of his home run/injury.
"I got a lot of comments on my debacle," Joyce said. "Really, I thought the best was [David] Price, who said I needed to work on my landing. I forget exactly what he said on Twitter, [something like] I've got to work on my dismount. I got a 3 for the landing. I don't know how I got a 3 for that one."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.